- THE ZEITGEIST MOVEMENT OBSERVATIONS AND RESPONSES Activist Orientation Guide

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PREFACE: The Zeitgeist Movement is the activist arm of The Venus Project, which constitutes the life long work of industrial designer and social engineer, Jacque Fresco. Jacque currently lives in Venus, Florida, working closely with his associate, Roxanne Meadows. Now, let it be understood that Mr. Fresco will be the first to tell you that his perspectives and developments are not entirely his own, but rather uniquely derived from the evolution of scientific inquiry which has persevered since the dawn of antiquity. Simply put, what The Venus Project represents and what The Zeitgeist Movement hence condones, could be summarized as: ‘The application of The Scientific Method for social concern.’ Through the humane application of Science and Technology to social design and decision-making, we have the means to transform our tribalistic, scarcity driven, corruption filled environment into something exceedingly more organized, balanced, humane, sustainable and productive. To do so, we have to understand who we are, where we are, what we have, what we want, and how we are going to obtain our goals. Given the current state of affairs, many of which will be addressed in the first part of this book, the reader should find that we not only need to move in another direction…we have to. The current economic system is falling apart at an accelerating rate, with the prospect of worldwide unemployment occurring on the largest scale ever seen. Simultaneously, we are courting the “point of no return” in regard to the destruction of the environment. Our current methods of social conduct have proven to have no chance in resolving the problems of environmental destruction, human conflict, poverty, corruption and any other issue that reduces the possibility of collective human sustainability on our planet. It is time we grow up as a species and really examine what the true problems and solutions are, as uncomfortable, untraditional and foreign as they might seem. This work will first present the current economic problems we face, recognizing root causes, consequences and inevitabilities, while then presenting solutions derived from an assessment of what is actually relevant to life and society. Additionally, information will be provided as to how each one of us can help in this challenge, presenting methods of communication and activism that will hopefully speed up the process of transformation. It is very important that those who begin this work pause for a moment and think about the windows of perspective they have been indoctrinated into. Considering the current vastness of human values and ideologies, coupled with the identification that grows over time with associations to a particular train of thought, tradition or notion of reality, it can be difficult and even painful for a person to revise or remove the cherished understandings which they have considered true for long

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periods of time. This ‘ego’ association, coupled with the perpetual state of ‘limited knowledge’ each one of us has, will be the biggest hurdle many will face when reading the information presented here. It is time to broaden our loyalties and affiliations beyond the narrow confines of the marketplace, tradition, and the nation-state to encompass the human species as a whole, along with the planetary environment that supports us all. It is time we view the earth as an indivisible organic whole, a living entity composed of countless forms of life, all brought together in a single community. If nature has taught us only one thing, it is that the only constant is change. There is no such thing as a Utopia. Therefore, in order for us to grow productively as a species, we need to become experts at “changing our minds” about anything and everything. If you choose to approach this material with a conscious attempt at being open minded and objective, we feel the ideas expressed here will realign your vision of the world, yourself, and the future of our human family in a way that is the most productive, humane and effective.

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Part 1: Monetary Economics Chapter 1: Mechanisms & Consequences - The Need for Cyclical Consumption - The Abundance of Scarcity - The Priority of Profit - The Distortion of Values - Fiscal Manipulation Chapter 2: The Final Failure - Beyond Irresponsibility - The Ultimate Outsource Part 2: What is Relevant? Chapter 3: Natural Law - The Scientific Method - Dynamic Equilibrium Chapter 4: The Means for Social Evolution - Goals - Method - Tools - Process Part 3: A Resource-Based Economy Chapter 5: Social Cybernation - The Venus Project - Industry and Labor - Government Chapter 6: Cities that think - Circular City - Transportation - Lifestyle Part 4: Overcoming Mythology Chapter 7: Nature Vs. Nurture - Human Behavior - The Legal System Chapter 8: Functional Spirituality - The Religious Ideal - Talk is Cheap Part 5: Taking Action Chapter 9: The Movement - Bridging the Differences - Interdisciplinary Teams

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Capitalism. operated for profit. These variations of economic application could be termed “Social Systems”. and ends at Capitalism (little to no state control). is defined as: “an economic system by which the means of production are owned by private persons. While virtually no nation on the planet currently uses anything else but Monetary Economic Theory in its country’s operations. and where investments. as a basis for an economic system. Generally speaking. could be termed: “Monetary Economics”. A Monetary System uses an intermediary exchange medium. The current ‘sliding scale’. not the idealized forms which advocate no money. distribution. the market forces of supply and demand determine prices and allocate available supplies. hence.wikipedia. distribution. without government 1 wordnet. The prevailing Social System of the world today is Capitalism. as the means for facilitating employment. distribution. which is often placed under the umbrella of another theoretical concept known as the “Free Market”. and the consumption of goods and services. production and pricing of goods and services are predominantly determined through the operation of a ‘free market’ 2. these variations have to do with the degree by which the system is controlled by the government of a country. income. passes through Socialism (partial state control). The use of this medium of monetary exchange. known as ‘money’. production.. certain variations are indeed present. 2 en.princeton.edu/perl/webwn Communism is being referenced here in its historically applied form. typically starts with “Communism”(maximum state control). moving from more regulation to less regulation.Part 1: Monetary Economics Chapter 1: Mechanisms & Consequences Defining our terms: The term “Economics” is generally defined as ‘the social science that studies the production. As of the early 21st century the prevailing mechanism of virtually all economies worldwide is some form of “Monetary System”. and consumption of goods and services’ 1.org/wiki/Capitalism  5 .” A “Free market” is essentially an unregulated trading orientation where “the prices of goods and services are arranged completely by the mutual consent of sellers and buyers.

“welfare” and other state sponsored ‘social’ programs would be considered inappropriate. Also. what if this production process required no human labor at all. where certain “brands” create prices (projected value) not based on tangible human labor or material value. general terminology aside. Now. 99% of all economic theory is now an outdated and irrelevant practice. such as issues traded on the stock market are also irrelevant.and shape the cloth into shirt form. This is a less relevant form of “economic value” and will be discussed more so in the section entitled: “Distortion of Values” later in the Chapter. The level of a product or service’s ‘value’ is derived essentially from two factors: 1)The scarcity (availability) of the materials used. For example. one of the more extreme. the real value of this shirt comes from the labor involved.org/wiki/Free_market The evolution. but on the “status identity” of the item itself. Now. it really wouldn’t have a value at all. making its scarcity value very low. as perceived by the consumer culture. It is not in the interest of this manual to present a treatise on the whole of Economics. which condones the notion of “laissez-faire” which basically means having literally no state intervention on economic issues at all. For instance: Imagine the amount of time and effort it would take to create a simple shirt before the advent of electricity and advanced industrial technology. Therefore. In this perspective. As of the start of the 21st century.pick the cotton -. when it comes to actual production and distribution. In fact.  There are also even more subjective forms of value that are demographic specific. in and of themselves. Given the above scenario. application and interpretation of Economics are staggeringly large bodies of material with endless debate. the value of that shirt would be relatively high and likely sold for a price respective of the extensive labor. a very relevant attribute of Monetary Economics is the “Theory of Value”.  6 .spin the cotton into thread -. Industrial Machines have taken the role of planting and harvesting 3 en.wikipedia.weave it into the cloth -. The overall process might be to: prepare the soil -plant the cotton seed – oversee the growth period -. The notion of “Free market” has many interpretations and schools of thought. while the cotton seed/water/sunlight/soil maintained its natural abundance? What would the value of that shirt be then? Obviously. 2)The amount of human labor required to produce a product/service. through the advent of Technology and the elimination of Scarcity. hypothetically speaking. financial instrument values. simply from a human labor standpoint. a partial basis of this manual is to show how.tease out the seed --. yet currently active ideologies is the “Austrian School”.intervention”3. The cotton seed (component material) value would be negligible as it is produced as a byproduct of the prior harvest.

specifically in the context of Capitalism. 7 . most humans will have little need to ‘purchase’ anything. such as the Cotton Gin dramatically reduced human effort. This issue will be expanded upon in Chapters 2 and 5. expanding unemployment. and their consequences. theoretically. the pattern of constant technological improvement coupled with automated machinery can theoretically create an economic environment where the abundance of materials and production mediums are so high and efficient. the more efficient. That point aside for now. is now being overhauled by this technological influence (increasing ease of production/material abundance). this is a very difficult thing to consider. in the traditional sense. among many others. Mechanism One The Need for Cyclical Consumption The roles of people in a monetary system are basically broken into three distinctions: The Employee. Regardless of your opinion. we will discuss the 5 most foundational attributes needed for maintaining the system. which now serves as the role of laborers.agricultural products to the effect where one lone farmer can now work 1000+ acres of land on his/her own. The Consumer. The advent of textile equipment. The realization is that the pattern of machine automation. This isn’t relevant to the context for an investor is not required to exist in order for the market system to operate. the ramifications would be systemic. Consequently. eliminate the notion of ‘value’ entirely. It simply wouldn’t make any theoretical sense. while with the modern use of industrial computerization. let’s examine some empirical mechanisms that Monetary Economics. the fact is. durable and sustainable these worker machines are. The point is that the position of “Economic Value”. we are seeing a constant gravitation to the near full automation of the Agricultural and Textile Industries. and the entire economic system would grow more and more unstable and inoperable. More specifically. drops respectively. due to what we are used to experiencing in our everyday lives. coupled with modern innovations that are finding substitutions for “scarce” resources. When human labor is reduced/displaced by technology and automation. could lead us into a position where no good or service would require a “value” or price tag. let alone ‘work for a living’. In the remaining sections of this chapter. which could. the assumed ‘value’. requires in order to maintain the integrity of the system. the reasoning behind them. which is to equate that ‘labor’ to ‘price’. or trades in the Financial markets for gain. even if machines slowly displaced only a large minority of people. For most. The Employer (or Owner/Producer)  There is also the Investor who gives fiscal support to an Employer/Owner/Producer. the further the ‘Value’ of the production drops. as a seemingly static economic notion. The ‘value’ of the output would then move to the creation/maintenance of the machinery.

regardless of functional utility. while also enabling the payment of the Employee’s “Wage”. This characteristic could be defined as: “Planned Obsolescence”. In turn.e. is what allows the Employer to make its “Profit”. In other words.Nothing physically produced can ever maintain an operational lifespan longer than what can be endured in order to maintain economic integrity through ‘cyclical consumption’. [i. This translates into an inferior product immediately.The Employee performs tasks for the Employer in exchange for a “Wage” or monetary payment. Planned Obsolescence can generally take two positions: a) Intentional: Deliberate withholding of efficiency so the product in question breaks down. while the employer sells a good or service to the Consumer for a “Profit”. Now. it is the requirement of perpetual ‘Consumption’ that keeps the Employer in business and maintains the Employee’s job. = The use of plastics for electronic enclosures is cheaper for the company and the consumer. for money would not come to the Employer.The introduction of new products and services must be constant to offset any increased efficiency of the prior generations of production. 8 . generating endless waste. the Employer would not be able to afford to pay his Employee. in an effort to save money and create repeat customers. Consequence: #1 . and both the Employer and Employee would not be able to perpetuate the cycle by being a Consumer.another classification of monetary payment. which is the role of the Consumer. usually in the form of cheap materials/poor design. but the durability of this material is poor in comparison to say. every ‘good’ produced must breakdown in a respective amount of time in order to continue financial circulation to support the players (consumer/employee/employer) in the game. titanium metal. which is much more expensive. or the entire economic structure would collapse. In other words.] #2. b) Consequential: Profit based shortcuts taken in production. it is important to understand that this payment-consumption cycle (or ‘cyclical consumption’) cannot stop. The act of purchasing goods and services. both the Employer and Employee function as Consumers. for the monetary payments (“wages” and “profits”) they obtain are used to purchase goods and services relevant to their survival.

This means that the replaced/obsolete product is expelled. is inherently dangerous and corrupt. the more they can charge for that product. Bernard Lietaer. often to landfills. forever weakening so called “economic growth”. For example. filtered drinking water is now being commercially sold. imagine the economic ramifications of production methods that strategically maximized the efficiency and sustainability of every creation. drinking water was historically a very abundant resource. waste is a deliberate byproduct of industry’s need to keep ‘cyclical consumption’ going. it didn’t need maintenance for 100 years. which could be considered the ‘engine’ that powers the entire economic system. it should be pointed out that the central banks of nearly all countries also create scarcity within the money supply itself in order to keep pressure on the market system. as pollution of the water table and city water systems have developed. If a company can convince the public that their product is “rare”. The constant multiplicity accelerates the pollution. This provides a strong motivation to keep their items scarce.In other words. electrical operations. On yet another level. In Monetary Economics. The scarcity is in our Mechanism Two The Abundance of Scarcity 9 . highest integrity resources available on earth. it is profitable for resources to be scarce. inherently minimizing pollution/waste due to the lack of multiplicity and maximization of efficiency. To express this from a different angle. polluting the environment. using the best-known materials and techniques available at that time. Imagine a car that was so well designed. plumbing and the like were made from the most impermeable. In other words. In such a saner world. simply denoting that ‘the more there is of something. the less it is worth in respect to itself’’. The constant re-creation of inferior products wastes available resources and pollutes the environment. for ‘consumption cyclically’ would slow tremendously. However. the notion of “Supply and Demand” is a well-known construct. ‘The Need for Cyclical Consumption’. where we actually created things to last. a monetary system would be impossible. designer of the EU currency system points out: “Greed and Competition are not the result of immutable human temperament…greed and fear of scarcity are in fact being continuously created and amplified as a direct result of the kind of money we are using…We can produce more than enough food to feed everybody…but there is clearly not enough money to pay for it all. for the nature of the necessity does not allow for environmentally sustainable practices to be maximized. often at a higher price than oil per gallon. which didn’t typically require payment for its consumption in a commercial sense. Imagine a house that was built from fireproof materials where all appliances.

producing human stress. while the Employer (owner/producer) seeks to constantly reduce costs in order to maximize profit. A monetary system’s foremost motivating principle is Profit. In fact. 10 . the need for profit provides a person/organization with motivation to work on new ideas/products that would sell in the market place. Yes Magazine 1997 For the sake of simplicity. the scarcity created in the money supply itself by the central banks compounds the motivation for us to compete with each other. how can a world of abundance ever occur? It can’t. before we begin with the negative consequences resulting from this ‘mentality’. the term ‘profit’ is going to be used here as synonymous with ‘income’ and ‘wage’. While many people who favor the profit system will talk endlessly about their “ethical” standards in regard to their practices. in order to survive. for the corporation will be motivated to create the scarcity if need be. these terms simply refer to the acquisition of money. the job of the central banks is to create and maintain that currency scarcity. The wage earner ‘profits’ from his work. In other words. The direct consequence is that we have to fight with each other in order to survive. seek out a strategy to acquire income. let us consider what many think to be the good side of this profit priority – “Incentive”. If companies know they can make more money by having their resources or products remain scarce. or the acquisition of money through the exploitation of others. While the classical economic classifications separate these notions.national currencies. However. little social progress would be achieved. primitive tribalism with everyone out for themselves. As the theory goes. All players in the game must. generating an ethic-less. the assumption is that if people were not motivated by their need to survive through profit. This is the dominant “mentality” in a Monetary System and those who are in positions of great wealth (material “success”) are often the most ruthless. but also the environment on which we rely for virtually everything we need as a species. conflict and illness. In turn. 4 Mechanism Three The Priority of Profit  Lietaer. A “wage” earner seeks out the best possible pay he can get for his services. for it is just income. very simply.”4 The ramifications of this abundance of scarcity are nothing but detrimental. then this creates a sick reinforcement of indifference to environmental concern. If profit can be made as a result of scarcity generated by environmental pollution. history has shown that the priority of profit is actually a sickness which is not only poisoning our personal/social well-being and standards of living. Bernard “Beyond Greed and Scarcity”.

for the true incentive is not to contribute to society in a meaningful way. but merely to exact wealth from it in any way possible. when you go to the grocery store and buy a box of cereal. we will divide this aberrant behavior into 3 classifications: General Crime – Corporate Crime – Government Crime. Profit interest almost always comes before human concern. In fact. the Wright Brothers. Now. to put the spectrum of monetary derived corruption into a workable perspective. you will see that nearly every act of strategic monetary gain is corrupt by its very construct…it is just accepted as ‘normal’ by the conditioned culture to whatever degree is deemed tolerable by consensus. Nikola Tesla did not establish alternating current electric power because he was out to make a buck. Sadly. we have been conditioned to call it ‘promotion’ or ‘strategy’ instead. jealousy. Consequence: The psychological/sociological ramifications resulting from the priority of profit are of grave proportions when it comes to the conduct of human beings. Dishonesty”. More on the social distortion created by advertising will be presented in the “Distortion of Values” section of this chapter. the planned obsolescence of nearly everything manufactured. While non-monetary related crimes. While it is true that useful inventions and methods do come from the motivation for personal gain. Louis Pasteur. 9/10 times the amount of cereal occupies only 60% of the space within the box. an entire structure of imposed control has been created in order to deal with the never-ending problems associated with the need for survival by way of gain/profit/income . the frequency of non-monetary related crimes are nothing in comparison to the crimes committed that are motivated by the acquisition of money and property. if we define “Crime” as ‘Corruption’ and define “Corruption” as “Moral Perversion. if you look closely enough. along with a health care industry that charges $300 for a single antibiotic pill. In fact. Charles Darwin. This ‘advertising strategy’ as the producing company would call it.The Legal System.First of all. Albert Einstein and Isaac Newton did not make their massive contributions to society because of material self-interest. emotional deprivation and other psychological issues are currently a problem. For example. is actually just a blatant. wasteful lie. Profit is actually a false incentive. with all of their tactics of social manipulation. are likely one of the most corrupt institutions on the planet. the intent behind those creations typically have nothing to do with human or social concerns. often born from ego. 11 . will indicate that ‘Profit Based Incentive’ is actually detrimental. The advertising agencies. for detached self-interest and survival are really the true motivations. and a simple glance at the cancer causing preservatives in our foods. for. the most powerful contributions to society did not come from corporations seeking profit. then an entirely new perspective comes into play. Problems in our monetary based society will only have a resolution if profit can be made from solving those problems.

Effects of Diminished Economic Opportunities on Social Stress. found powerful connections between unemployment and crime. They based their research on 30 major metropolitan areas with a total population of over 80 million. 62.5 If you were to take a well-to-do. Their findings found that a 1% rise in unemployment resulted in: a 6. During the period from 1990 to 1992.500 additional property crimes. this translated into: 1459 additional Homicides. there is a very high probability that this person will begin to lie.com/News_000647_Bayer_vaccines_HIV. Monopolistic Collusion. Market Manipulation.4 % increase in violent crimes. The point here is that economic depravity (scarcity). not so called genetic “criminal tendencies”.7% increase in Homicides. strip them of their wealth and resources and drop them into a poor city with nothing but the shirt on their back. Labor Exploitation and Governmental Collusion are just a few to note. with little resources. ranges from petty theft to illegal sales to fraud to violent robbery. Corporate Crime. The inherent stress and other side effects associated with deprivation are also overlooked. for the repercussions tend to affect very large 5 6 7 Merva & Fowles. poor education and few opportunities for work will do what they need to do in order to live. takes many forms: Planned Obsolescence. as derived from the pursuit of money. From Enron’s deliberate shutting down of California’s Power Plants to boost its Energy stocks6.com/2005/02/04/national/04energy. The ‘Merva-Fowles’ study.naturalnews. it should be clear to most people that corporate crime is constant and often times more insidious than “General Crime”. A person born into a deprived environment. Outsourcing. This byproduct of the monetary system is often not given the thought needed to understand its source.4 % increase in property crime. done at the University of Utah in the 1990s. a 3.html http://www. rather than relating their basis to the need to survive. Economic Policy Institute.nytimes. 223. ethical. 1992 http://www.607 additional violent crimes. a 2.General crime. which is almost always exclusively profit related. creates this kind of aberrant behavior. ‘stand-up’ person.html 12 . for many tend to dismiss these “criminals” as some kind of social anomaly. to the Bayer Corporation’s knowing distribution of HIV tainted drugs7. It is no surprise that the poorest neighborhoods in the United States maintain the highest crime rates. Price Fixing. cheat and steal in order to survive.

The central role of government is the invention of regulatory legislation to handle the functioning of society. This. Rather. diamonds. this is not. In other words. theoretically. as history has shown. “Vested interest” or a person or group having something to gain or lose by a governmental decision is a two way street. That being said. and has rarely been.the rich upper class. The “Corporate Criminal’s” need to secure a business’s profitability is no different in basis than the “General Criminal’s” need to survive. This means the government has a ‘”Vested Interest” in the economic state of its nation. the more you want. via the mass media and traditional jingoism. The same can be said for the US Invasion of Iraq. which manifests from a perpetual insecurity derived from the fear of losing what one has. Idealistically. serves as the motivating factor for most corporate crimes. the former commits crimes to further secure their positions of power. all members of government must be paid a wage and all projects they devise must have funding. A politician can gain monetary ‘contributions’ from a company he favors in his 13 . simply because of the hate and fear of so called “Islamic terrorists”. of course. land. etc).e. or loans from banks or other governments. Government Crime is one of the more complex and difficult forms of conduct to consider. More on this will be addressed in the next section: “The Distortion of Values”. makes sense for the value of any nation is really determined by the state of its economy. It is like a gambling addiction. while loans must be paid back with money manifested in some way either through more commerce. It is based on fear. generated by the attacks of September 11th 2001. Taxes are generated through ‘commerce’ or ‘income from commerce’. lifestyle and wealth. First of all. propagated by the regime through pamphlets and broadcasts. which was fueled initially by public support. for perception of government is highly modified by the prevailing values this “ruling class” perpetuates through society. While the latter typically commits crimes to live. limos. The notion of “Greed”. if we look back at the horrors of Hitler. The more you get. Unfortunately. This neurosis is perpetuated/reinforced by the social stratification that the monetary system creates. yachts.: mansions.groups of people. for there is a never-ending progression of “luxuries” available as one’s purchasing power increases (i. the broad interests of the public would be the first priority of government. This money apparently comes from “Taxes” imposed on the public. most specifically an interest in those within its own class . the case. government as we know it is actually a ‘parent’ corporation to all the other corporations working within the country’s economy. let’s put aside our traditionalized values of loyalty and “patriotism” and take an objective look at what government within a Monetary System actually is and represents. many often forget that many of the German people also maintained the antiSemitic value system. more loans. or more taxes.

153 cotton manufacturers. they do not have to report to stockholders. surely the most vicious. Gary. at the expense of the very many. Lobbying and Contributions in America constitute Billions of dollars a year and this money is given entirely under the pretense of putting the donating parties “agenda in action”. Accelerated industrial creation. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives. It is the only one international in scope. Butler: “War is a racket. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few. easily the most profitable. It always has been. How the bankers made their millions and their billions I do not know. Considering the profits of 122 meat packers.. And their profits were as secret as they were immense. Only a small "inside" group knows what it is about. and even drug trafficking by the CIA9. War is a Racket. A racket is best described. maximized for the elite 2) Resource Acquisition (theft) 3) Geopolitical Alignment to increase the ease of further industrial profit and resource theft. I believe. rather than incorporated organizations. Feral House. 1935. it was the bankers. And let us not forget the bankers who financed the Great War. the greatest monetarily derived crime of government is its use of War for the benefit of it corporate/financial constituents.000 new millionaires and billionaires were made in the United States during the World War… The Sixty-Fifth Congress. The Korean War. reporting on corporate earnings and government revenues. while the company thus gains from the rulings made in favor of itself. In the words of Two-Time Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Smedley D. Vietnam and now Iraq and Afghanistan are no different. because those little secrets never become public – even before a Senate investigatory body. Chapter 1 Webb. For instance.856 per cent on their capital stock during the war. ranging from the passing of untested pharmaceuticals by the FDA.rulings. Dark Alliance. 49 steel plants. Profits under 25 per cent were exceptional. high interest austerity driven World Bank and private bank loans for post war economies. are just a few of the highly profitable mediums. reconstruction contracts. Seven Story Press. It is possibly the oldest. The motivation for war is three fold. 1) Industrial Profit.”8 World War II. Out of war a few people make huge fortunes… In the World War [I] a mere handful garnered the profits of the conflict. to the oil lobby’s success in reverting the California Zero Emissions Law which forced the clean running ‘electric’ cars into reclusion. At least 21. as something that is not what it seems to the majority of the people. military contracts. the coal companies made between 100 per cent and 7. 8 9 Butler. 299 garment makers. energy/resource acquisition (theft). Being partnerships. If anyone had the cream of the profits. 1999 14 . and 340 coal producers during the war. While the examples of government and corporate collusion are vast. The Chicago packers doubled and tripled their earnings. Major General Smedley D.

while the other seeks to maximize time spent in order to gain more income. distorted world you see around you is the result. where thrift and savings were dominant values. a concerted effort by the business community set out to 15 . by the early 20th century. to the disharmony built into the employer-employee relationship. for. dishonesty. However. This battle creates little over time in the way of sustainable human progress. polluted. within the monetary system. generally speaking. is involved in the ultimate form of self-preservation. Given this reality. with an inherent disregard for the other. ranging from the ‘art of negotiation’ where two business people compete with each other for their own self-interest. on a kind of Protestant work ethic. but one of the most effective is the manipulation and/or exploitation of the viewing audience’s “values” . The bottom line is that The Priority of Profit sets up an ‘us against them’ duality mentality. However. with its team of brainwashed assassins on hand.This is one of the greatest sicknesses caused by the need for wealth and power. a worker-employer. The characteristic of advertising is ‘promotion’ and promotion is a manner of communication.| Mechanism Four The Distortion of Values Our Beliefs and Values are shaped by culture. While there is a genetic basis to certain human attributes and behaviors. this pattern of War will never end. In other words. which. therefore strategic edges are always sought and thus a constant battle is always raging. With that in mind. This form of communication is termed ‘advertising’. there has to be a buyer-seller. and the sick. creates a bias in favor of the product in question.what he or she finds important. and as long as all the resources of the world remain ‘hoarded’ for the interest of a few. advertising’s job is to entice…or in more direct terms – manipulate the consumer into purchasing a product. before we go any further. the knowledge we have and the way we think about and act upon that knowledge is fundamentally an environmental phenomenon. Vast nuances of human behavior in everyday life are also very much poisoned by this mechanism for profit. it needs to be pointed out that the mass consumption patterns currently seen in the United States and elsewhere were not always the case. a client-owner. to some degree. where one wants to maximize labor to reduce hourly wages paid. This manipulation takes many forms. Now. America originally was founded. the above classifications of “corruption” are only a generalized grouping. a havehave not. We are constantly at war with each other in order to live. each party is forced to enable conditions that are most profitable for them. Government. the monetary system requires a form of communication to inform the public of what a company has made available for sale.

‘Vanity’ aside. The Overworked American. status conscious consumers. p. Consequently. trade marked “Prada Bags” and flashy Rolex watches are examples of products where the utility or function of an item has lost total relevance. what these people often do not realize is that they are nothing more than walking advertisements for the respective company. Another example of this is the concept of “fashion”.distort these notions and mold a new army of impulsive. This constant need of self-interest often spreads like a cancer into other psychological areas. The “status” or “expression” really exists entirely in the conditioned ‘value projections’ of that person. beyond just survival. with importance now derived by what the item “represents”. unconditionally. might be deemed “outcasts” and be ostracized. from the clothes people wear to even the ideologies they perpetuate. and if enough people become manipulated in the same way. creating and reinforcing such neurosis as “Greed”. for through indoctrination at an early age. for the “more” seems to go to infinity. The result is a culture which doesn’t have a concept of balance. Advertising agencies switched their arguments from utilitarian ones to those gauged for emotional appeal and status. merely for the purpose of expressing a company’s brand. Patriotism and Religion are classical examples of this. plain and simple. Juliet. today the average American consumes twice as much as he or she did since the end of WWII. or a sense of what is actually important. Sadly. 1991. one of the most powerful forms of ‘value manipulation’ comes from re-associating a person’s identity to a particular ideal. that those who do not adhere to the fad. Advertising compounds 10 Schor. Now. These trends can become so powerful.10 Now. New York Books. Due to the inherent stratification of goods and services (and hence standards of living) available to those with more and more purchasing power. To illustrate how successful the commercial industry has become in manipulating the values of human beings for their own gain. Greed is likely the driving force of the monetary system’s perpetuation. a “trend” emerges. “Jealousy” and “Ego”. or “enough”. many people today can be seen walking around wearing certain commercial articles. we must also examine the distorted values created in the form of mentalities and worldviews. Signature “Tommy Hilfiger” shirts. 208 16 . hence conditioning that person to want to support the doctrines. Fashion takes many forms. the human being is groomed to perpetually want “more” material wealth. contriving some kind of apparent social status or “stylistic expression” from them. perpetually dissatisfied. which further reinforces the delusion by way of collective identification. a person is often conditioned to feel a close personal connection to a country or religion.

Isaac. etc. is a psychological means to make one feel better for having more than another human. Every idea and creation that has emerged has been done so based on the contributions of prior generations’ work. as for the former distinction of Ego noted above (“General superiority based…”) this is a class oriented disposition which. perhaps when the school teacher would praise the student who would make high marks. The latter. by saying “he is just a lazy bum”. This further compounds the propensity for a person to demand credit for what they do. Now. one way or another. demanding prestige. for many. with the exception being that people grow to despise others for what they have. almost seems “natural”. creating social tension and often conflict. A wealthy person walking down the street finds it much easier to dismiss a homeless person. making you feel as though you need to have it in order to be “equal”. it goes to the whole body of scientific discovery that he had learned and worked with. for people today love to “take credit” for their ideas and inventions. acknowledgement or other “rewards”. This distortion takes essentially two forms: 1) General superiority based on wealth class / or position in the social hierarchy 2) Arrogance regarding one’s creative contribution. His credit therefore is not only his. Regardless of its origin. environmental influences and/or peer feedback. Letter to Robert Hooke February 5th 1675 17 . and scold the student who didn’t. It should be pointed out that no human really “invents” or creates anything on his or her own. and hence discoveries. for when it comes to making a “profit”. Jealousy appears to begin cultivation at a very early age.this by its constant depictions of “the possibilities”. often making people question their own self worth because they do not “have the best things in life”. This form of Ego has no position when a person understands that ALL inventions and creations are actually collaborations developed serially. As Isaac Newton once said: “If I have seen further. as opposed to recognizing him as a victim of 11 Newton. it is only by standing on the shoulders of Giants”11. a classic tactic of advertising is to exploit this neurosis by using the media to depict a person with something that you do not have. making that student feel envious of the person who made the high grade. one is literally being “rewarded” and “acknowledged” for their personal inventions and actions. on one level. Ego is often defined as ‘a feeling of superiority to others’. even if it has nothing to do with money. This is very similar to greed. This has a strong reinforcement in the monetary system. upon the work of many other great scientists who lived before him. His point was that he built his research.

but this was still entirely arbitrary. There can also be a period of Inflation and Deflation at the same time. unenlightened self-interest. 18 . Mechanism Five Fiscal Manipulation Currency used today is called “fiat”. In other words. if there is a demand in the market for new homes.  The classic definition of Inflation is ‘rising prices’ (price inflation). However. if new money is pumped into an economy. for the system of survival in society today does not support or reinforce them. If we live in a system that rewards competition. the less each unit of fiat currency is worth. Just as with any natural resource. it is easy to see why these qualities do not prevail. The ‘value’ of any material is relative to its scarcity (supply) and demand. corruption. This is an “Inflationary Effect”. This so-called “supply and demand” equation also applies directly to Monetary Value. which contracts the money supply faster than money can be created and put into it. caring for others and humility’. it can be introduced into the economy without a substantial inflationary effect. and these attributes are always in flux and hence unstable. most currencies were on a ‘gold standard’ which provided a pseudo-empirical basis for the value of a currency note. our values are based on what works and helps us create easier. education and lifestyle afforded by this elite. However the primary cause of this ‘Price Inflation’ and ‘Price Deflation’ is the increase and decrease in the supply of money (Monetary Inflation). there is nothing “backing up” the value of the currency other than perhaps the sweat of laborers who exchange their services for the currency. On another level. Many years ago. which means its value comes essentially from government decree. while Deflation is ‘falling prices’. better lives. such as when a systemic crisis occurs. in the form of a kind of ‘class based racism’ leads people to dismiss those with less purchasing power as simply being “inferior” or “undeserving”. respectively. Value within the fiat system is derived from how much money is in circulation within an economy. and the government injects 1 billion dollars of new money into the economy. this is not the only possible cause of these conditions. Very simply. While many people give lip service to ‘honesty. blind elitism. That being said. This phenomenon is called “Inflation” and “Deflation’’. for the social stature. For example. for the source of value was simply shifted to this raw material called “Gold”. In the end. it makes each unit worth more. the more money that is in circulation. vanity and arrogance. the prices in the economy will eventually rise as the value of the currency becomes worth proportionally less. generally speaking. if the new money is quickly put to use in the creation of new goods and services. therefore creating gross differences in culture. without regard for the current demand for goods and services. is vastly out of reach for those without similar purchasing power. When less money is in circulation. which also has no intrinsic value in and of itself. Over/Under Production itself can influence this as well. while there exists a demand to purchase those products.culture. then these are the values that will constantly be perpetuated in society.

for the money thus vanishes. what exactly was the point? To understand this more clearly. 19 . Generally speaking. which basically compares the ‘income’ and ‘output’ of an economy in a certain time period. hire a team of employees and start to produce a product that the public buys. Given the above scenario. therefore exciting the circulation of currency (the ‘consumption cycle’). In other words. the inflationary effect is minimal. When both of these forces are in play. also known as the “Business Cycle” or the “Boom and Bust Cycle”(more on this below). is commonly used to gauge this so called “Economic Growth”. while a decrease in the supply of money is called Monetary Contraction. if I counterfeit 100 million US dollars and give it to you to start a business (you don’t know it’s counterfeit) and you buy and fix up an old building. The concept of “Economic growth” is typically defined as: “the increase in the amount of the goods and services produced by an economy over time”. we will use the United States and its central bank. this would be considered an ‘expansion’ of the economy. one should ask: What was the real growth? If the increase (expansion) in the supply of money can result in the creation of jobs and production. and the whole operation was shut down? This would be a ‘contraction’ of the economy.The Federal Reserve. the building foreclosed upon. Conversely. You have invested in real estate – increased the employment rate – and created new products that others buy. let it be noted that the whole idea of Economic Growth. For this example. as it is traditionally interpreted. the Contraction period is often called a Recession or Depression. Now. before we go any further. you tend to get a cyclical trend. what if it was found out that all that money you had was counterfeit. called the “Expansion and Contraction Cycle”. we need to look at how money is created and regulated by the government and/or its central bank. and the production halted. is nonsense with respect to true human development. The increase in the supply of money available in an economy is called Monetary Expansion. so jobs are lost and companies fail. There is no such thing as true economic growth in and of itself. which are then bought. The GDP (‘gross domestic product’) measurement system. for more money is being put to use and often more jobs are created. the Expansion period is usually associated with so called “Economic Growth”. your employees would be laid off. for money is drying up and hence there is less money to put to use.and all that money is put to use for creating these new homes. for the underlying mechanism is based almost entirely on the amount of liquidity (money) in the system. while the decrease (contraction) results in the loss of jobs and production. Now.

it is not the scope of this book to dissect the complex. so do the commercial banks and credit (borrowing) becomes less expensive. In a low interest environment more people are likely to borrow money. This fee is based on a percentage of the amount borrowed. in America the “Prime Rate” is the lowest interest rate charged by banks to their most creditworthy customers. and create so called “economic growth”(Expansion). If the money supply was allowed to constantly increase (expand). the greater the debt that is created. More on this in Chapter 2 20 . This translates into the power to control the amount of money being borrowed. For example. you need remember that (1) all money is created out of debt (loans). outstanding debt is directly proportional to the money supply. This will then lead to Inflation. less is put to use and economic growth slows or reverses (Contraction). the speed by which money comes into existence depends on how much a person is willing to pay in interest to acquire that loan. which has to do with the infusion and relinquishing of money in the system. This pattern is largely controlled and manipulated by the Central bank (Federal Reserve) by way of Interest Rates. and the Federal Reserve. the ‘expansion and contraction cycle’ is a cyclical pattern. Now. This is all the so-called “Business Cycle” is. to a certain degree. When the Fed raises its interest rates. raising prices. Why does the Fed need to control this? To understand this. through its use of interest rate manipulation. When the Fed lowers its interest rates. depreciating the value of the currency. The Commercial Banks base their interest rates on values set by the Central bank. and hence the amount in circulation. 1963 In the event of economic failure. Since all money in the US economy and nearly every other economy in the world is created out of debt through loans. However. and (2) the increase in the supply of money can lead to Inflation. can “throttle” the expansion and contraction of money at will. it is simply a matter of time before the market becomes saturated with excess liquidity stifling the resulting economic growth. interest rate manipulation can have little or no effect. jargon filled methods used by the banking system. put it to use. This rate is based on what is called the “Federal Funds Rate” which is dictated by the Federal Reserve. Modern Money Mechanics. so the more an economy ‘expands’. An Interest Rate is a fee charged to a borrower for the use of an amount of money. In a high interest environment. where debt/inflation exceeds manageability. credit becomes more expensive. the important point here is to understand that the Federal Reserve has the power to influence the interest rates of all banks. This sets up an inevitable systematic crisis for the money needed to pay the   Chicago Federal Reserve. less can afford to borrow money. Likewise.As noted above.

Based on this value theory. Before we do. in the next chapter. making the public’s attempt to “break even” within the system futile. This issue is compounded by the reality that there is always more outstanding debt than money in existence (due to the interest charged). there is always more outstanding debt than money in existence. This mechanism of “Debt Slavery” is little talked about.interest charged on the loans does not exist in the economy outright. usually through the form of “wage” or “profit”. but not in ways most would consider. Now. coupled with resources that were in complete abundance. the “Monetary System”). so those at the top of the pyramid always benefit more than the majority at the bottom. see Web of Debt by Ellen Brown. for most simply do not even think about it. we need to talk about Debt more specifically. The structure is always hierarchical. Chapter 2. In a Monetary System. hence requiring human service/servitude. loans slow and/or stop and the money supply begins to contract. the value (price tag) would be  For those not familiar with this reality. very simply. is a positive circumstance for those at the top. it must be “earned” by the indebted parties. and less likely to cause problems. along with the amount/type of human labor involved in the production/service. ensuring the slavery of the masses. before we go any further. 21 . one way or another. A person in a lot of debt is going to be much more submissive to the system. Based on this system. It needs to be clearly understood that debt itself is also a very active tool for social control. There will always be more debt to pay back. defaults begin (often in a systematic way). This particular scenario of debt overpowering and nullifying expansion could be termed “financial failure”. One of the most reliable ways to get people to work and maintain subordination is to put them into debt. we will continue our analysis of the financial system and its policies to point out how the repeated failures of the system are built right into the very structure of it. than a person who has no debt. Therefore. the ‘value’ of a good or service is generally defined by the availability (degree of scarcity) of the resources required. let’s summarize what has been discussed in this chapter: Summary of Chapter 1:  Our world is dominated by the practice of Monetary Economics (aka. the whole structure is based on human participation. A person. is more likely to take a lower wage. if goods and services could be produced with no human labor. Now. Every dollar in existence theoretically has to be paid back to the banking system and in order to pay that money back. Therefore keeping people motivated to be employed and fearful of losing their jobs and thus subservient. Once the debt grows larger than a person/company can afford. who “needs” a job.

for it increases demand. hence not having a monetary value at all. This translates into a natural propensity/need to create inferior products that break down quickly. for social concern is always second to monetary gain. Also. perpetuating poverty and class stratification.zero. If industry truly ‘cared’ about society. for less people would have a need to repair or re-purchase a product. rather than expand it for the greater good. Therefore. the entire financial/profit system would have no true basis and could not exist. the currency in the system is deliberately made scarce by the central banks. Given this reality. This reality creates an immediate disregard for the environment/human concern and reinforces abusive methods that work to limit production capacity and resource availability. This mentality has proven to cause far more problems than benefits for society. Industry at large wants scarcity. War is the ultimate form of economic stimulus and this makes death and destruction a positive thing for those who are in commercial/political positions to benefit from it. forcing humans to battle each other on a daily basis. This leads to high levels of multiplicity. not the initial intent. for the entire orientation of the structure requires “differential advantage”.  The most important issue for a human being is survival. due to the need to gain advantage over each other for survival. but this incentive is really the incentive for monetary gain and nothing more.  The Human Value System is largely a product of the environment. or constant turnover in the marketplace. If products in society were actually designed to last long periods of time. waste and pollution. regardless of its inhumanity. durable and sustainable products were created. putting the welfare and best interests of people as the first priority. Financial corruption is also always constant. for if very long lasting. Concurrently. with many forms simply accepted as “the way it is” and legal. Meaningful contributions to society in this system are a chance byproduct.  A driving undercurrent of the marketplace is scarcity. the monetary system could not exist. through the use of the best known materials and methods. War is in fact wanted by industry. If such a situation were to occur. ‘equality’ and ‘fairness’ have no place in a system where the entire basis of survival has to do with competition. war will likely never go away as long as the profit system is in place. while human behavior itself will always have an abusive propensity. The influence of the Monetary 22 . Of course. and in a Monetary System this inherent self-interest translates into the constant pursuit of ‘Profit’. In other words.  The Monetary System requires ‘cyclical consumption’. with there never being enough to go around. the monetary system would not work. advocates of the system will tell you that the system creates “incentive”. abundance is impossible. for it can only work when constant financial “input” is generated by purchases. the market would suffer. perhaps with the use of automation for labor and chemical processes to find substitutions for scarce resources.

perpetuating inclinations for abuse and advantage. selfish. In the United States. a proportionate amount of debt is created as well. in both the ruthless mentalities it necessitates for gain. for it is virtually impossible for the collective public to ever get out of debt.368 23 . along with the distorted values created by advertising agencies to condition people into buying something. when the money supply is expanded. by 2009 the United States and its taxpayers would not be able to afford the interest payments on the national debt12. for all expansive growth is temporary and must be counter balanced by contraction. Therefore. Third Millennium Press p. the end result is more important than the means. The systematic crisis would in turn likely spread to the rest of the world. If the United States cannot afford to pay the interest on its debts. Vanity.  Money used in the world today is Fiat and is usually regulated by the Central Banks. Jealousy and Greed are all byproducts of the system and when it comes to the ‘promotion’ of sales. Ego. typically creating “economic growth” (new money being put to use). aggressive and insecure people. The only reason more jobs are created is because more money is in circulation. by 2013 income taxes would need to be raised to 65%13. that would be the final stage of economic collapse and hence result in a total textbook bankruptcy. Web of Debt. has created a culture of vain. Since the interest + principle of the outstanding loans will always exceed the available money supply. Likewise. the competitive. Also. 12 13 Al Martin . A study authorized by the US Treasury in 2001 found that in order to keep servicing the debt at its current rate of growth. warned before the 2004 election that if large economic changes were not made. the term ‘Economic Growth’ is actually nonsense. former US Comptroller General and chief of the GAO. forcing people to submit to employment to afford the debt obligation. this aspect constitutes nothing less than a form of economic slavery. self-interest oriented motivation inherent in the pursuit of profit creates a general disregard for the well being of others. due to the financial/commercial interconnections inherent. hence money is created out of debt) are exaggerated by the use of interest. Debts generated by loans (remember that money comes into existence from loans. Chapter 2: The Final Failure Beyond Irresponsibility: David Walker. Protocols for Economic Collapse in America (article) 2008 Ellen Brown.System. the Federal Reserve (its central bank) manipulates interest rates in order to control the expansion and contraction of the money supply. for the money to pay back the interest charged on the loan is never respectfully created in the money supply.

with no labor. distorted mentalities that are used in everyday “monetary” life.edu/perl/webwn 24 . The collective external debt of all the governments in the world is now about 52 trillion dollars14 and this number doesn’t include the massive about of household debt in each country The whole world is basically bankrupt. . you are going to generate $50. human labor and human ingenuity. only four (!) do not owe others money.250. and must get interest based loans to buy your home or use credit cards.How did this happen? Why is the US national debt $12.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/rankorder/2079rank. https://www.000 as of Jan 2009? Of the 203 countries in the world today. if you are a lower to middle class person. in theory. There are only planetary resources. which the bank is then using. but are just now starting to bloom into the inevitable mathematic disasters that should have been anticipated 100 years ago.no invention . at will. under the constant burden of debt. to pay the person’s return with the 5% CD! Not only is this equation outrageously offensive due to the use of usury (interest) to ‘steal from the poor and give to the rich’.princeton. But how? How can the world as a whole owe money to itself? Obviously. who is limited in funds. The nature of those rules is guided by the same competitive.000 a year simply for that deposit. if you have 1 million dollars and put it into a CD at 5% interest.000.2009. but it also perpetuates class stratification by its very design. While there are various theories on the cause.The ‘Boom and Bust Cycle’ (aka . it seems most economists tend to shy away from the ‘elephant in the living room’… and that is the powerful effect 14 15 CIA World Factbook . keeping the lower classes poor. this says nothing about the cause of the fluctuation.“The Business Cycle”) Surface definitions of the “Business Cycle typically read: “the recurring fluctuations in economic activity consisting of recession and recovery and growth and decline”15 However.cia. it’s all nonsense. there are other games in the system which have worked for decades. For example. only this time the game is rigged at its root to favor those who run the show. That reality aside. There is no such thing as ‘money’.no contribution to society – no nothing. with the means to turn excess money into more money. while keeping the upper classes rich. then you are paying interest to the bank. The monetary system is nothing more than a game… and an outdated and dysfunctional one at that. That being denoted. Those in positions of social power alter the rules of the game.000.html wordnet. You are making money off of money itself… paper being made from other paper … nothing more .

This is basically the ‘Boom’ period of the Boom and Bust cycle. (ie. summary examples. basically with the idea being to “ease” the recession by increasing liquidity. It is not in the interest of this booklet to detail all components and attributes. buying a home. Very often these reasons include starting a business. investing in the stock market. 1990-2000 stock market bubble) Unfortunately. It is politically unpopular for the ruling class to have unemployed. In a system where money is created on top of money out of debt. The reasoning is simple. creating more debt owed back than is even in circulation. This application of money often translates into so called “economic growth”. with interest charged. is really the hidden force behind economic growth. If you examine prior trends of economic expansion in the United States. Read Web of Debt.Monetary Contraction (money removed) and Expansion (new money added) have on the Business Cycle. that money is then typically put to use for some reason. thus preparing it for another expansion. the pattern has been to do both. largely due to the need to pay back the interest on the loans (which does not respectfully exist in the money supply). This is due to the reality that new money is always needed to cover the outstanding debt. chapter 2. Therefore. you will find a lockstep correlation to the expansion of credit. As far as history is concerned. often by lowering the interest rates (such as the ‘prime’ or ‘discount’ rate) or by simply moving large sums of money to certain sectors (such as the 2008 700 Billion dollar bank bailout). 25 . When money is added to the money supply. in the form of personal and business loans.this system is a textbook pyramid scheme. for more about this monetary expansion policy. Credit Expansion. or [2] Let the contraction (recession) run its course. etc. money cannot be added into the economy infinitely. there is always the game of placating the public with false security in order to avoid the truth coming out about the inherent dysfunctionality and corruption of the Ponzi scheme known as the Monetary System Now. poor citizens. and bring the economy back to some kind of equilibrium. What this means is that after a period of growth (boom) with the economic indicators now pointing towards a weakening economy. the result of this “easing” of the contraction simply delays the inevitable and since the US Government has “eased” virtually every contraction we have seen in the last 70 years by infusing   These are generalized. a choice can be made by the financial regulators/government to either: [1] Continue the expansion by infusing even more money. for the Debt and Inflation caused by the expansion will eventually overcome the “growth” benefits. raise the interest rates. The tool is called the “Fractional Reserve System”. This can lead to contempt for the leadership and perhaps revolution. by Ellen Brown.

fig. 2 As of March 2006. Figure 3 below shows M3 up until they stopped reporting it. the ‘mean’ path is actually ascending. Figure 1 below is the idealized business cycle. the US Government stopped reporting M3. moving about a constant mean.they don’t want the public to realize how much money is being pumped into the system. a “Doomsday scenario” awaits…the “big contraction”… and it might be happening at the time of this writing. What is the reason for this? . 26 . which is the total amount of money in the economy in virtually all forms. with peaks as the “boom” and troughs as the “bust”: fig 1 But considering that money has always been strategically injected into the system when contraction occurs.more money into the system. Figure 2 below is an idealized depiction of what has actually been happening for the past 70 years and what could be in store as the “big contraction” looms.

(Figure 4). secular economists have been able to track the components of the M3 independently and what has been noticed is that since 2006.5 trillion by the end of 2008. 4  http://www. a near 50% increase in less than 3 years.shadowstats.com/alternate_data/money-supply 27 . M3 has grown from about 10 trillion to 14. fig.fig3 Regardless of the discontinued reporting by the Fed.

How far can we go? At this rate, by 2015, the money supply will be about 30 trillion dollars. Now, just because money is being pumped into the system does not always mean economic expansion is occurring. This is a critical point. For instance, one of the hallmark indicators of economic expansion is the creation of jobs. Figure 5 below shows the US unemployment levels, including the SGScomponent which takes into account those non-working Americans who are not currently counted as “unemployed” simply because the period of acknowledgment has ended.

fig. 5 While official government agencies reported that unemployment was around 7% at the end of 2008, deeper research reveals it is actually closer to 18% of the US population. More on the reasons for this reality will be addressed in the next section. (The Ultimate Outsource), but for now let’s simply use this information to understand that the current infusion of money into the money supply is not having an effect in the current financial crisis. As noted earlier, money cannot be added into the economy infinitely, for the Debt and Inflation caused by the expansion will eventually overcome the “growth” benefits. This is what is now happening and no intervention (bailout) to “ease” this crisis is likely to work.

The SGS Alternate Unemployment Rate reflects current unemployment reporting methodology adjusted for SGS-estimated "discouraged workers" defined away during the Clinton Administration added to the existing BLS estimates of level U-6 unemployment. http://www.shadowstats.com/alternate_data 28

Why? -Mainly because the debt levels are too high. Total debt of the US government plus its citizens was about 53,000,000,000,00016 in 2007(Figure 6). This is insane when you realize that in 2007 the total US money supply (M3) was only about 12,000,000,000,000. Are we going to now inject over 40 trillion dollars into the US economy to cover this? No- because not only would this create trillions in new debt, it would likely cause hyperinflation on a grand scale. From a different angle, the GDP of the US in 2007 was only about 14 trillion!17

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Right now (2009) it is deflation and inflation, occurring at the same time, with deflation, in the form of contraction, winning. Money is vanishing faster than it can be put in, to put it loosely. While the system itself sets up this inevitability on its own, the chain of events for the current collapse seemed to start with the rampant speculative bubble in the housing market. Once that crashed, the Derivatives market, (which is holding values that exceed the GDP of the entire planet many times over18) which gambled on those home mortgages, became “toxic” due to the foreclosures. This triggered the failure of the investment banks; along with the failure of the commercial banks following; which leads to the failure of corporations that require credit; inevitably arriving at the laying off of the work force itself. This systemic crisis is global, due to the international nature of the Financial Markets, which is why the countries in the western world are now seeing similar economic problems as America.
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http://mwhodges.home.att.net/nat-debt/debt-nat-b.htm https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/print/us.html 18 Brown, Ellen, Credit Default Swaps: Evolving Financial Meltdown and Derivative Disaster Du Jour, webofdebt.com, 2008

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However, please note that even though it seems as though the housing bubble and “predatory loans” are “to blame” for this crisis, they really aren’t. This failure would have occurred one way or another due to the very nature of the economic system. However, the incredible irresponsibility involved in managing this already detrimental system has greatly exaggerated and accelerated the severity of pending collapse, making the future look very grim if this false structure, known as the “Monetary System”, is to be maintained. The Ultimate Outsource: Everything described in the preceding section is of great importance in terms of understanding where we are and where we are going within this economic structure. Please note this information is just as relevant to non-Americans as it is to Americans, for the world shares the same basic system and is tightly interlinked. Now, in response to these problems, very often people suggest ‘monetary reform’ as the solution. These suggestions often consist of: going back to the gold standard; outlawing interest; shutting down the Federal Reserve and giving the power of printing money to the government and letting the government distribute it debt free…etc.

While these reforms and others all pose logical merits, they do not recognize an unstoppable phenomenon that has accelerated since the early 20th century, which has greatly impacted the labor force since:
The replacement of human labor with machines. At the core of the economic system itself is the mechanism of Labor for Income. Our entire economic system is based on human beings selling their labor as a commodity in the open market. If humans do not have the option to “work for a living”, then the monetary system as we know it is over. No one can buy goods if they don’t earn money. Companies cannot afford to produce if the consumer has no purchasing power. This issue overrides everything that has previously been discussed in this chapter. As John Maynard Keynes, in The General Theory of Unemployment, Interest and Money disdainfully points out: ”We are being afflicted with a new disease of which some readers may not yet have heard the name, but of which
they will hear a great deal in the years to come – namely ‘technological unemployment’. This means unemployment

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due to our discovery of means of economizing the use of labor outrunning the pace at which we can find new uses for labor.”19

While politicians, business leaders and labor leaders bicker over issues they claim are responsible for the growing unemployment in the world, such as foreign company outsourcing or immigrant labor, the real cause is going unaddressed in the public debate: Technological Unemployment In the words of Nobel Laureate Economist Wassily Leontief:
”The role of humans as the most important factor of production is bound to diminish in the same way that the role of horses in agricultural production was first diminished and then eliminated by the introduction of tractors.”20

Since Market Capitalism is built upon the logic of reducing input costs (including the costs of labor) to increase profits, the inclination to replace human labor whenever possible by machine automation is a natural progression of industry. After all, a machine doesn’t need to take breaks, it doesn’t require health insurance or benefits, and it isn’t a part of a demanding Labor Union. A simple glance at US historical labor statistics by sector shows the pattern of machine automation replacing human labor definitively. In the Agricultural sector, almost all traditional workflow is now done by machine. In 1949, machines did 6% of the cotton picking in the South. By 1972, 100% of the cotton picking was done by machines.21 When automation hit the US Manufacturing Sector in the 1950s, 1.6 million blue-collar jobs were lost in 9 years22. In 1860, 60% of America worked in Agriculture, while today it is less than 3%.23 In 1950, 33% of US workers worked in Manufacturing, while by 2002 there was only 10%.24 The US steel industry, from 1982 to 2002 increased production from 75m tons to 120m tons, while steel workers went from 289,000 to 74,000.25 In 2003, Alliance Capital did a study of the world’s largest 20 economies at that time, ranging from the period of 1995 to 2002, finding that 31 million manufacturing jobs were lost, while production rose by 30%26. This pattern of Increasing Productivity and Profit, coupled with Decreasing Employment, is a new and powerful phenomenon, with no changes in sight. So… where have those jobs gone? - The Service Sector. While from 1950 to 2002, the percentage of
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Keynes, John Maynard, The General Theory of Unemployment, Interest and Money, 1931 Loentief, Wassily, National Perspective: The Definition of Problems and Opportunities, June 30th 1983, p3 21 Peterson, Willis, The Cotton Harvester in Retrospect: Labor Displacement or Replacement? St Paul, 1991, pp 1-2 22 Kahn, Tom, Problems of the Negro Movement, Dissent, 1964, p 115 23 “Why job growth is Stalled”, Fortune, 3/8/93 p.52 24 http://www.usatoday.com/money/economy/2002-12-12-manufacture_x.htm 25 Schwartz, Nelson D. Will ‘Made in the USA’ fade away? Fortune Nov 24th 2003, p. 102 26 US Weekly Economic Update: Manufacturing Payrolls Declining Globally: The Untold Story, Alliance Bernstein Oct 2003 31

ranging from the government subsidization of labor (welfare) to novel notions such as a ‘negative income tax’. There isn’t one area of the Service Industry that isn’t being affected by computerized automation. starting with tellers. most refuse to consider what is really needed in order to prevent total chaos on this planet. where is the emerging new sector to employ all the newly displaced workers? There really isn’t one…at least not yet. In fact. the service sector has been absorbing the job losses from Agriculture and Manufacturing. this pattern is slowing fast as computerized automation takes hold.com/money/economy/2002-12-12-manufacture_x.htm Retooling Lives. 143 32 . While there are many specialized fields emerging in the Information realm.techdirt. McDonalds. while using automated cooking tools. And while economists struggle to create models to deal with this issue of nearly unstoppable unemployment. but is not yet applied to the service sector.”30 As this transition occurs. cashiers. has been talking about full automation of its restaurants for many years now. It emerged thousands of years ago when scarcity of resources was an everyday problem. such as burger flippers. for they know how many jobs would be cut in the event they did automate. and phone operators. waiters. For the last 50 years. Unfortunately. p. along with Capitalism itself.usatoday. People back 27 28 http://www.shtmls 30 Interview. the majority of all service jobs could be phased out today. they are extremely limited in their ability to offer anything close to compensation for the vast job loss on the horizon. it is easy to see how.com/articles/20030801/1345236_F. and by the year 2000. while cashiers are being replaced by computerized kiosks. 3/15/94 noted in The End of Work (by Jeremy Rifkin). 90% of all bank customers used teller machines (ATMs)28. It has little basis in reality. Business phone operators have almost all been replaced by computerized voice answering systems. The solution lies not in attempting to ‘fix’ the issues that have emerged. if one was to think creatively about the application of technology that currently exists. introducing Kiosks to replace the front of house staff. is now completely obsolete in the wake of technological creativity. almost overnight. but rather it is time we transcend the system in its entirety… for the system of monetary exchange. From 1983-1993. post office tellers are being replaced by self-service machines. for the back of house staff29. Summary of Chapter 2: The Monetary System of the world is nothing more than a game. Economist Stephen Roach has warned: ”The service sector has lost its role as America’s unbridled engine of job creation.Americans employed in the service industries went from 59% to 82%27. 43 29 http://www. Vision 2000 p. The fact that they haven’t done so is likely a public relations issue. banks cut 37% of their human tellers. for example.

even with these points denoted. that most people can’t even imagine a world without it. the work found for income does not reflect the genuine interests of that particular person. with individuals. both structurally and psychologically. while compensating those who worked to create them. the mechanisms of the system. often by force and corruption. we tend to find that there is a tremendous amount of noise in the system. have created dramatic problems for the whole of society. the fundamentals of life have been lost in a sea of social. for if people do not have jobs. However. the whole world stands at odds with itself. The world today is really just a series of tribalistic Mafias. Regardless.Part 2: What is Relevant? Chapter 3: Natural Law When we step out of the societal complex and examine ourselves and the world from a broader perspective. nor the interests of society as a whole. owing comical amounts of money. This Monetary based Labor System has been a staple of society for so long. For example. In turn. businesses and countries perpetually working to defend what they have. while always working to gain more. occupational and financial obligations. The line between organized crime and traditional business is really nonexistent. . while the very integrity of the world financial structure is on the verge of collapse due to its own shortcomings. and if we want to deter riots in the streets and poverty on a scale never before seen. and it comes in the form of Technological Unemployment. This arbitrariness 33 . In other words. to the abuse and exploitation of the planet and each other on vast scales. ranging from monetary crime and emotional distortion. Human beings are being replaced by advanced automation technologies at an accelerating rate. In turn. the need for money and income puts the human into a position where choice is often very limited. This reality is the final proof that our current system is now out of date. setting up a disaster of unprecedented proportions. Usually. there stands an even more powerful. we are going to have to revise our traditionalized notions about how society functions at the fundamental level. now the whole world is in debt to itself. we would tend to find that a great majority of them serve no larger function than the perpetuation of ‘cyclical consumption’. they cannot support the economy by purchasing anything.then needed some way to distribute goods and services. We require a new social system that is updated to present-day knowledge and modern methods. If we were to examine the occupations that exist today. unforeseen force which guarantees the demise of the Economic system as we know it for good. many of which are largely artificial.

the entire educational system in the modern day is nothing more than a cookie cutter processing plant that prepares humans for mostly predefined occupational roles.org/pub_releases/2007-08/cuns-pc4081307. For example. ‘quantum fields’ and ‘terra-forming’ other planets.eurekalert. Let’s pose the question: What are the near-empirical facets of nature and what do these understandings teach us about how we should govern our conduct on this planet? Natural Law 1: Every human needs adequate nutrition. let’s forget about the current modes of conduct in society and consider what is actually real. This element of human life has become so traditionally ingrained. Firstly.constitutes a tremendous waste of life and resources. However. These are arbitrary. air and soil pollution. While it will be argued that the role they serve affects people on a day to day basis within the economic system. it is time we really step back and begin to focus our efforts on social issues that are actually relevant to social progress… as opposed to arbitrary jobs conjured up to extract wealth from each other. vain roles that contribute nothing real to society in the long term. This is a waste of life. most humans do not understand or consider the interconnectivity of nature and the chain of processes by which our food. a person who sells insurance is participating in an occupation that is only relevant to the inner workings of the monetary system. coupled with suggestive inference. the 31 http://www. will guide us to more appropriate human behaviors that will help fulfill our needs. a logical train of reasoning. Even parents will ask their kids “What do you want to be when you grow up?” as though there was only one thing. and has no basis in nature in regard to a real ‘contribution to society’. The same goes for stock brokers. How can society take itself seriously when we can’t even keep our most vital life supporting natural resources and processes in good form?! Why are many so-called scientists today working on esoteric interests like ‘black holes’. when we can’t even take care of ourselves yet! The fact is. Consequently. air and water currently come about. if we examine and learn from these processes. traders and anything else that deals with the financial sector. for the sake of argument.php 34 . clean air and clean water and therefore must respect the symbiotic environmental processes inherent.31 This is a staggering percentage. that many falsely consider the nature of ‘having a job’ some form of human instinct. about 40 percent of the deaths worldwide are now caused by water. Now. water and air are naturally abundant planetary resources that only require that we. For instance. This is disturbing and a violation of human potential.

paradoxically. a great majority of foods today have what is called “high fructose corn syrup”. And yes. to the effect where in Asia many wear facemasks when they walk around. Sadly. For example. food and water to live. this goes for everything you are reading here. most competitive food.human population. immune system disorders.php http://www. we must first note that Industry today goes out of its way to produce the cheapest. the symbiotic environmental processes which keep our basic needs in order. narrow sighted profit system has seen to it that usable water is now approaching crisis scarcity. therefore. has been heavily polluted in areas of high human concentration. cancer and many other serious health problems.diabeteshealth. while still very abundant overall. While 32 33 http://www. buys it because it is more affordable. always being cost conscious. Air. polluted air and water lead to countless other problems. maintain them and preserve their sources. There is no evidence to support the idea that anything we think is true today will maintain its integrity tomorrow. even the source processes of our air and water are being compromised.and thus the survival of the human race will be in question. our impulsive. Of course. for Industry continues to pollute the system at every turn. or create the propensity to disturb.contributing to birth defects. the consequences of our violation of this law could put us past the point of no return environmentally . clean abundance. In regard to food production. via scientific investigation. we are seeing a continual breakdown of what used to be a natural.org/pub_releases/2007-08/cuns-pc4081307. ignoring the long-term destruction. In the United States alone about 3 million tons of toxic chemicals are released into the environment a year -.eurekalert. As Natural Law denotes. our sustainability is under severe threat by the current methods we are using. on the other hand. The monetary system continues to operate with the interest of short-term gain.32 In turn. Our behavior should be guided by the priority of seeking the highest optimization of circumstances that preserve and maximize the abundance and quality of our necessities of life. If we don’t. we need high quality air. This cheap replacement for cane sugar has been proven to increase the risk of Diabetes and other health problems substantially.33 Why do we have it!?…because it is profitable and the public. which is assessable by understanding how the world actually works. From acid rain to deforestation. The fact is.com/read/2008/08/20/4274/the-dangers-of-high-fructose-corn-syrup/ 35 . this is not happening. Sadly. Natural Law 2: The only constant is change and human understandings are always in transition. we must overcome any systems which disturb. while consequently sacrificing nutritional health. The symbiotic relationship of natural processes has a built in frame of reference.

many people in the world today maintain these worldviews out of fear. In the words of C. makes sense. Of course. rejecting new information that could help them in their lives. religion is far from alone in this. the specifics of each notion will always be altered.certain observed natural phenomena may seem near empirical based on current scientific evidence. for our tools and methods of analysis and measurement are always changing and hopefully. ranging from least probable to most probable. Due to the very construct of many religious ideas. from the earth being flat to the sun revolving around the earth. Barnes. but on concrete feedback responses from the natural world. Given this reality. which have proven to have proactive benefits to society over long periods of time. it is in our best interest to learn and align with nature as best we can. 1969. It is an unfortunate evolutionary side effect that in modern culture. Keyser: ”Absolute certainty is a privilege of uneducated minds and fanatics”34 A cursory glance at widely defended historical notions. and it doesn’t have the capacity to recognize or care about what you or anyone else wants to believe is true. we can now weigh our understandings and beliefs on a sliding scale. improving. for it seems most humans tend to want to believe that what they find right and true is empirically correct. teaches us that intellectual change is constant and. even if it challenges that person’s sense of identity. a great deal of ego is involved with beliefs and values. for example. This.” Everything we think and “know” are only probabilities and with modern methods of analysis. based not on human opinion or subjectivity. the Law of Gravity will not allow it. The best-known method for the discovery and application of the laws of nature is termed: “The Scientific Method”. for society today often belittles those who “don’t know.J. Religion. The Scientific Method: Nature itself has its own set of laws. Walking with the current of the ocean is much easier than fighting against it… and while one could believe with all their heart that they can walk on a ceiling with no physical aides. tends to hold tight to static worldviews that often reflect an understanding of reality that stretches back thousands of years prior. which tend to threaten metaphysical consequences (heaven/hell) for those who contradict its teachings. humans must keep as ‘open’ a mind as possible to new information. 62 36 . in turn. The Scientific Method basically has three steps: 34 Fresco and Keyes. Looking Forward. of course. not to mention society itself. p.

However. The Scientific Method is also an attitude. cause and effect oriented manner. Therefore the hypothesis that “Water puts out fire” is not exactly true. he didn’t test the idea. for each one of us is always in a state of limited knowledge. (such as measurement). we are going to check it out by observational testing and actually see if it holds validity. we should to be very skeptical of any claim that cannot be seen or tested in the physical world. Most of us are amateur scientists today. In the words of Stuart Chase: ”[The scientific method] is concerned with how things do happen. ultimately. not how they ought to happen. the fire will likely go out. that a heavy object would fall faster than a lighter object of the same shape and material. No matter how ‘right’ something may seem. the world had to wait 2000 more years. along with reasoned hypotheses and. through logical reasoning based on what he understood at that time.1) Recognizing a new idea or problem that needs to be solved. acquiring new knowledge. they have to be tested. not just inference or reason. considering all information available. the oil will quickly float to the top of the water and the fire will spread. it is still subject to failure. 37 . Because of this failure to properly use the scientific method. While this theory might hold true for most fire scenarios. correcting and integrating previous knowledge and the application of such knowledge. All conclusions require testable proof. While logical reasoning is important to the unfolding of scientific inquiry. In fact. The techniques used consist of empirical observation methods. for when Galileo finally tested Aristotle’s hypothesis…he found Aristotle to be wrong . taking into account as much relevant information as possible. If we throw water onto a wood burning fire. putting those hypotheses to test in the real world to obtain feedback regarding an idea’s validity.weight does not determine the rate at which an object falls in a vacuum. 3) Test the hypothesis in the physical world through observation. though we are seldom aware of it…The scientific method is not primarily a matter of  ‘Logic’ is hereby defined as: a method of human thought that involves thinking in a linear. step-by-step. if you throw water onto an Oil Fire. The point here is that it doesn’t matter how correctly reasoned our conclusions might be. 2) The use of logical reasoning to create a hypothesis. He logically assumed that the more weight an object had. He hypothesized. a perspective. A classical example of this goes back to Aristotle (384 BC – 322 BC). in order to reach a conclusion or hypothesis. The Scientific Method refers to a body of techniques used for investigating phenomena. This gives us a certain degree of information that we gain inference from: “Water puts out fire”. the faster an object would fall in a vacuum. and would need to be revised to take this new scenario into account.

pp.-123-24 38 . In reality. Due to the monetary system. then no one survives. and like anything. These corporations do not honestly reveal their stock. there is nothing else in life that holds a candle to the vast amount of creation and freedom that science has made possible. there is an equilibrium that must exist based on the carrying capacity of the island. it is a way of looking at things. Dynamic Equilibrium “Dynamic Equilibrium” occurs when two or more opposing processes proceed at the same rate. we would call this the “carrying capacity of the earth”.”35 The scientific method of inquiry is what has allowed the human species to gain comprehension of themselves and the physical world. From the electric light. for to do so would have ramifications. All of the physical and material benefits humankind enjoys is a product of scientific inquiry. 1938. which dictates. With respect to our planet. it is in the best interest of these corporations to perpetuate scarcity as best they can. that you have a small island with a (1) wildly growing annual carrot crop. most materials on the planet are owned by a number of private corporations. 35 Chase. most in our romanticized world still tend to view science as a cold. Tyranny of Words. Harcourt Brace. In other words. for a simplified example. they can be used for productive or destructive purposes. what the possibilities are for those organisms that utilize the available resources for survival. and hence. While some might debate what constitutes “improvement”. science and technology are only tools. there is an equilibrium that exists in the physical world. If there are not enough rabbits to feed the wolves. and not go wandering off like the wickets in Alice’s croquet game. on some level. If there are not enough carrots to feed the current population of rabbits. while citing distorted human value abominations such as the Atomic Bomb in refutation of the scientific perspective. NY. Even worse. Let’s say. Stuart. some wolves will not survive. For better or for worse. traditionally oriented religious believer will usually give in to the world of science and go to a hospital for medical care in an emergency. heartless medium. (2) a family of rabbits and (3) a family of wolves. If the carrot crop is destroyed by drought. financially. However. The rabbits need the carrots to eat and thus survive. Even the most arcane. In each pair. to the cotton gin. for scarcity means more value for each unit. it is what’s behind virtually every advancement that has improved the lives of the human species. while the wolves need the rabbits to eat and thus survive. That is our choice. a way of gathering from the world outside knowledge which will stay put. more profit. to Penicillin. to the telephone. some rabbits will not survive. to the Internet…science has continually made what was previously considered impossible…possible.laboratories and atom-smashers or even meter sticks.

this energy is really limitless and could be used forever. one of the most important energy sources to recognize today is Geothermal Power. which is the most important initial variable regarding the management of society itself. The problem then is not availability . The availability of renewable energy resources must first be accessed before anything else. Wave and Tidal energy sources also offer powerful possibilities if harnessed efficiently with technology. far exceeding the requirements of the current human population. with the possibility of 2000 zettajoules being easily tap-able with improved technology.it is the technology to harness it most efficiently. the results are staggeringly positive. 2006 Based on 2005 figures. a sea of renewable energy sources have been coming to the surface. The Future of Geothermal Energy. this means about 4000 years of planetary power could be harnessed in this medium alone.thefreedictionary. can only come from first understanding what the carrying capacity of the earth actually is. Air and Water (1) Energy is the cornerstone of society today. the last thing the Energy Industry wants is abundance. The needs of the human population must be in balance with the resources of the earth. 1980-2004 38 http://encyclopedia2. other than the profit oriented. There is no reason to burn fossil fuels at all anymore.000 times the world's energy use38.com/solar+energy 39 . Now. It is one of the most critical factors to all social functionality. By the early 21st century. Geothermal aside.36 The total energy consumption of all the countries on the planet is about half of a zettajoule a year37. along with all the resulting pollution.The human management of the Dynamic Equilibrium on this planet. The solar radiation striking the Earth's surface each year is more than 10. Remember. That being said. vested interest which keeps new energy prospects at bay. And when we understand that the earth’s heat generation is constantly renewed. From simple photovoltaic panels that can capture energy 36 37 MIT. World Consumption of Primary Energy by Energy Type and Selected Country Groups. Wind. for that translates into a loss of profits in the monetary system. The age of Oil and fossil fuels. is coming to a close.000 zettajoules of power are currently available in the earth. what do we know and what can we infer about the planetary sources available? The fundamental building blocks of human survival in society consist of the following: 1) Energy 2) Industrial/Technological Raw Materials 3) Food. Solar. A 2006 MIT report on geothermal energy found that 13. many with extreme potential. Luckily.

solar and wind power require virtually no preliminary energy to harness. is estimated to have a global potential of up to 80. while often denounced as weak and impractical.into storage batteries for private use. is a lot more powerful than most people think. and North Dakota could provide enough electricity to power the entire nation.40 More impressively.S. forecasting that 34% of all the UK’s energy could come from Tidal Power alone. Kansas.html 42 http://www. U. unlike coal. National Renewable Energy Laboratory”. The fact is. which capture this movement. Tapping the flow of the Gulf Stream. generates energy. Wave Power. Tidal Power is derived from tidal shifts in the ocean. to full scale solar power plants. wave. There are many different types of atoms. Department of Energy studies have concluded wind harvested in the Great Plains states of Texas. biomass. a 2005 Stanford University study published in the Journal of Geophysical Research found that if only 20% of the wind potential on the planet was harnessed. Icelandic current and other underwater currents can be harnessed.edu/group/efmh/winds/global_winds.000 TWH a year.43 This means 50% of the entire planet’s energy usage could be produced from this single medium.41 And then there is Tidal and Wave Power. gas. 44 It is important to point out that tidal. oil coal. U. 42 sites are currently noted as available. such as wood. hydrogen and all the others. each with a special combination of protons. energy is nothing but abundant on this planet. is because of the monetary/capitalist system and its strategic propensity to create scarcity.S. (2) The next question is what about industrial raw materials? Can the earth’s supply of raw physical resources.stanford. The only reason people today think it is scarce.42 More effectively. neutrons and electrons.com/marine/resource. iron ore. new technology is constantly emerging which is improving this potential.39 Wind power. which extracts energy from the surface motions of the ocean. it would cover the entire world’s energy needs.S.redorbit.html 43 Future Energy Solutions / IEA report.com/news/science/1637594/research_highlights_potential_for_improved_solar_cells/ "U. Department of Energy 40 39 40 .bwea. aluminum and cotton support the world’s population? Everything you see around you is made of tiny particles called atoms. In the United Kingdom. 2003 44 World Consumption of Primary Energy by Energy Type and Selected Country Groups. Energy Information Administration. Installing turbines. 1980-2004. February 6th 2007 41 http://www. These different types of http://www.

For example. through the scientific method. others are seemingly growing scarce. (a) Knowing exactly what the earth has as far as component elements/materials (b) Where technology is in regard to creating synthetic substitutions for certain elements/materials. lead. Aluminum and Iron. only regional ones. all in all. In regard to scarce materials. Many industrial materials today now have synthetic counterparts and this medium of scientific problem solving is very active. so to speak. to solve problems. this is critical information that has a direct effect on our decision-making. In fact. Global Mineral Reserves are currently measured by commercial output production. and heat and electricity travel easily through them. Sadly. While some elements/minerals are vast in abundance. For example. This information would have a direct relationship to what can be grown. with 92 naturally available in our world (the other 26 are synthetically made) and these elements basically comprise everything around us. their shape can be easily changed into thin wires or sheets without breaking.com/EBchecked/topic/383726/mineral-deposit/82165/Geochemically-abundant-and-scarce-metals 41 . the scarcity of any raw material is only as relevant as the amount of work being invested into finding a substitute or workaround.  45 The periodic table is an arrangement of the chemical elements according to atomic number as based on the periodic law. there are basically 3 components to understanding the carrying capacity of the earth. extracted from minerals. for they only melt at relatively high temperatures. finding substitutions is an important field. diamonds have long been considered a highly valued. (a) We must have a full survey of all the planetary resources. (b)The difference between today and the past is our increased creative ability. This will give us key information on how to proceed with our operations. now. this does not give a clear picture of what is available. This must be done in the future. There are currently 118 elements of the periodic table.britannica. (c) How society organizes/manages its use of these elements/materials. or more commonly. http://www. This would be the “carrying capacity” of that land. there has never been a complete geological survey of the earth’s minerals/elements. From a planetary perspective. such as Silicon. these tools do not require the expensive original. However. with the advent of synthetic diamonds grown in a lab. such as copper. Now.atoms are called elements. This makes them very useful for product creation/industrial application. the first thing would be to test the soil to understand what type of properties it has.45As far as this author knows. and silver. One application of this strong mineral is as a precision machine-cutting tool. either in their pure form. gold. zinc. The Metals category of elements are the most important. scarce resource. These metals can be found in the earth’s crust and in the oceans. if we have an acre of land that we want to grow food with.

usually the top 2 to 8 inches. Remember. As noted before.(c) More important than substitutes and workarounds is the very nature of our usage of the planetary resources. for the producer has limited the quality of the materials they use to cut down on their costs. 42  . and each item produced would be designed to last as long as possible. we are able to produce more with far less people. due to the profit system. If one has to reprocess waste rather than dump it. the same monetary system problems of pollution. the world’s people function within a monetary system that rewards scarcity. planned obsolescence. In a sane society. Their items are inherently inferior from the moment they are made.) Water covers 70% of the earth’s surface. there are tons of manufacturers producing the same things. and more to do with our wasteful and exploitative modes of conduct. The true cause of scarcity on the planet has less to do with the available resources. faster than in any other time in history. Production output in the world today is staggering compared to the past. when it comes to food production and water preservation. Virtually no regard is given to conservation or strategic use until it is too late. For instance. vanity based items. This leads to resource abuse. creating vast new methods of cultivation. Technological advancements such as Desalination processes can make fresh water both from seawater and from challenging brackish sources using reverse osmosis. This is really the most important point in the debate regarding the carrying capacity of the earth. coupled with industrial pollution that goes on daily. with precious raw materials being used over and over again in inferior products that end up in landfills. (Minimizing waste lowers profits. with its precious topsoil being Topsoil is the upper. However. Plants generally concentrate their roots in and obtain most of their nutrients from this layer. the waste is staggering. as they compete for market share. causing reduced industrial output and hence resource preservation. waste. the monetary system can only work if there is ‘cyclical consumption’. the earth’s surface is indeed being abused. this is more costly. It has the highest concentration of organic matter and microorganisms and is where most of the Earth's biological soil activity occurs. the manipulation of the public by industry into wanting non-utility. the raw materials of the planet would be accessed. industry would be organized as a whole to produce in relationship to what was available. outermost layer of soil. Also. The idea that usable water is scarce is true only in relationship to the limited methods we are currently using. pollution and multiplicity. Since it is a competitive system. (3) Now. With the use of technology. cost cutting processes and scarcity come into play. has compounded the waste. Food production is also expanding within the technological spectrum. This is yet another example of how technology is just as much a part of resource management as resources themselves.

This is the emergent nature of knowledge. We learn from our mistakes. This powerful new medium leaves a sea of options for the human population.nwsource. Other untapped food production possibilities include suspended multi deck underwater ocean farms as well as air plants. The Scientific Method.46 Fortunately. The bottom line is that food production is only as scarce as we decide it is. not only in compensating for the damage we have caused. Chapter 4: The Means For Social Evolution 46 http://seattlepi. we could theoretically grow food in the middle of the desert with proper irrigation or by tapping down to the water table. If we choose to become intelligent and strategic with our production methods. is being eroded at least 10 times faster than the time it takes for lost soil to be replaced. reducing wasteful and inefficient methods. All errors are really gifts. which causes the needless deaths of millions a year. We must be prepared to find out that what we think to be true today will be updated tomorrow. is the guiding philosophy that has solved problems and improved humanity’s quality of life. there is no evidence to support that we cannot have abundance for all. It is their lack of purchasing power. called “Hydroponics”. evidence and testable proof. Summary of Chapter 3: The dynamic equilibrium of planet earth in relationship to the human species is not a rigid system.corrupted by indifferent agricultural methods. healthy food can be as abundant as water itself. If this is done correctly. but also by expanding the possibility of when and where food can be grown. we are losing topsoil at a rate of 1% a year while the National Academy of Sciences has determined that cropland in the U. with its basis of logical thought. Nature has its own laws and it is in our best interest to acknowledge them and align our behavior accordingly. minimize environmental impact and overcome problems in general. With hydroponic agriculture. for they can bring us to a higher level of understanding. not true scarcity. According to some reports.html 43 . scientists have devised a new form of soil less agriculture.com/local/348200_dirt22.S. The starving children of the world are not so because of a lack of available food. while preserving the environment and taking full advantage of scientific inventions that maximize our food production capacities. It is up to us to keep things in balance through the intelligent management of the earth’s resources. The three attributes of management are 1) Knowing the raw materials available 2) proactively working to overcome any deficiency through strategic substitutions 3) Using technology in all facets in order to maximize high quality production.

both personally and socially. human values come from the environment. that child would most probably grow up speaking Arabic and become a Muslim. If you were to take a child at birth from a white middle class American family and place him/her in the Middle East with an Arab.17 44 . personal liberty. For instance. most of the values of society seem to be out of date by thousands of years. That being said. clean. Method Now. have long since trumped superstition. holding those traditional values that would have been taught by the family and social culture. can become pillars of a person’s identity and are difficult to overcome emotionally. reduced stress. Traditional indoctrination. the Bible says “ You shall earn your living by the sweat of your brow”. relevant education. Karl. Most of our traditional values were actually set in motion a long time ago. With respect to the current findings of science. The Grammar of Science. what we care about. and efficient transportation. The Zeitgeist Movement. an environment that enables us to constantly improve our abilities. Goals -Clean air and water. what we hold sacred and what we want out of life. let’s now stop for a moment and decide what our valued goals are. What if society didn’t need you to work for money? How could that value hold true? The fact is. intuition and metaphysics. Values are not immutable and eternal. human extensionality. just like knowledge and everything else. 1911 p. Unequivocally. The fact is. values become outdated. along with The Venus Project. These social goals are far from complex or irrational. many will find that both religious and secular philosophers have been poetically attempting to address these hopes for millennia. our goals. and reduced crime. Islamic family. In the words of Karl Pearson: ”There is no shortcut to truth. with our basic goals denoted. no way to gain knowledge of the universe except through the gateway of the scientific method. such as nationalistic or religious beliefs. fast. In fact.What do we want? How are we going to get there? What tools are required? Our Values consist of what we find important. The Scientific Method is the most powerful tool we know. which we feel are critical to the sustainability of the species. yet values pushed upon a person at a young age often have a strong power to perpetuate. material abundance. Observation. we must then think about the methods to be used in order to accomplish those goals. the end of war. nutritious food. has a set of social values and hence goals.”47 The intelligent use of the methods of science is what has brought us everything that helps us in our 47 Pearson. public health care. Logic and Testing.

Science and technology have continued to defy prior assumptions of possibility. Soon after.000 years hence . he is likely correct. He has smugly refused to place himself on the scale of time that reaches thousands and millions of years into the future as well as into the past. Looked at from the vantage point of 8. the Wright Brothers were too busy bolting a gas engine to some wings in their bicycle shop to care about erroneous opinions. New York Evanston and London. fully automated production plant. The history of technology is showing tremendous. accelerating development. when a scientist tells you something is possible. most scientists theoretically agreed that the airplane was probably impossible.man’s progress up to the present time may appear far less impressive than it does today.ix 45 . coming back to our larger point. The Miracle Ahead. the three attributes of personal and social evolution are thus: Our GOALS – the METHOD of thought – and the TOOLS to get it done 48 Gallup.48 In the early 20th century. The fact is. One characteristic of technology is its ability to constantly defy what is considered possible. they defied the authorities and invented the once considered impossible – “flying machine”. p. George. The application of science to social organization as a whole is the next step in our evolution. he would probably be shocked beyond comprehension at the “magical” instrument. technological invention continues to ease production methods. Coupled with the scientific method of thought. 1964. it will likely seem impossible and “ridiculous” from the standpoint of today’s understandings and methods.approximately the period of recorded history . Harper and Row. man has assumed that civilization has reached its zenith. However. when he states something is impossible. and will continue to do so. he is likely wrong. George Gallup: ”At every point in history. the technological tools currently at our disposal have the ability to dramatically change humanity in ways most would find too fantastic to be true. From a simple hammer. It can safely be assumed that whatever the future holds from a technological standpoint. In the words of Dr. possible. (Please see chapter 3 for more elaboration on scientific methodology) Tools The material tools that we need to accomplish our goals come from the humane use of Technology. while also consistently making what was once deemed impossible. Process: Now.daily lives. to a high tech. However. If you explained a cell phone to a man from the 12th century.

maximizing personal freedom and happiness. we utilize The Scientific Method to solve problems and to create/test hypothesis. For instance. are to redesign society for the benefit of all humanity. and using our most effective technological instruments to make that goal become a reality (Tools). coupled with the traditionalized. thinking about the material in the most effective and hence. we will show how. Summary of Chapter 4: Our approach to social evolution begins with our values. . The process of accomplishment consists of: knowing what we want (Goals). our values change. our ever-changing values are the most important attribute affecting our social evolution. In the end. but also as totally 46 .We define our goals based on what we value. along with the logical reasoning of the scientific method. The valued goals of The Zeitgeist Movement and hence The Venus Project. while constantly reducing offensive social behavior. debt and unnecessary human suffering are viewed not only as avoidable. our values are often altered by advents in technology. hunger. Our values are combinations of personal reflections on our acquired knowledge. or crime. Sadly. As time moves forward.Part 3: A Resource Based Economy Chapter 5: Social Cybernation ”We call for a straightforward redesign of our culture. poverty. If a person is brought up with a value system of “helping the poor” and then finds him or herself in an environment where no poor exist. in which the age-old inadequacies of war. possibly due to technological advancement. scientific way (Method). It is important to point out that this generalization is not linear and each part has an influence on all other parts. and we harness technology to make the goal a reality. most of the values people have today come from a social system that is largely out of date in terms of its relationship to modern science and technology. making sure there is enough of everything for everyone. In the next section. this value would have no basis to exist. cultural indoctrinations we are born into. The only relevant values are those that work to improve society and those that hinder its development. These values can only be accomplished using the intelligent and humane methods of science and the tools of technology.

”49 – Jacque Fresco The time has come for a restructuring of our world society. Its tenets are essentially based on the application of Science and Technology for human and social concern. The more we continue within this outdated system. The Venus Project. they are very counterproductive to our survival. We stand at the crossroads. is an organization that wants nothing less than a peaceful and sustainable global civilization. p. This paradigm shift is going to alter society one way or another. mundane and arbitrary occupational roles which hold no true relevance for social development. The Venus Project recognizes that the earth is abundant with resources. Poverty and War. credit. the constant corruption generated by the pursuit of profit and the continual poisoning of the planet and ourselves by the commercial industry at large. Anything less simply results in a continuation of the same catalog of problems inherent in the present system. Jacque. Its initial purpose was contrived as a method of distributing goods and services based on labor contributions. The aim of this new social design is to free humanity from the repetitive. The social structure it advocates is called a ResourceBased Economy. we are going to discuss The Venus Project. or we pay the price. Either we take responsibility for our lives and for society itself. It will either lead us unto a new social system which does not require human servitude for income. The cause of this need is not some creative interest or intellectual ambition. The Best That Money Can’t Buy: Beyond Politics. while encouraging a new incentive system that is focused on self-fulfillment. social awareness and creativity. the more unstable things are going to become. The cause is the failing monetary structure. In fact. where society is designed as a whole to benefit itself with the use of advanced technology being purposefully accelerated for social betterment… or we will likely be led down the path of chaos and disorder. 2002. barter or any form of debt or servitude.unacceptable. 49 Fresco. education. Global Cybervisions. as opposed to the shallow and self-centered goals of wealth. and that our outdated methods of rationing resources through monetary control are no longer relevant. A Resource-Based Economy utilizes existing resources rather than commerce. increasing world poverty and conflict.x 47 . All goods and services are available without the use of currency. which constitutes the life long work of social engineer and structural designer Jacque Fresco. The monetary system was created thousands of years ago during periods of great scarcity. It is not at all related to our true capacity to produce goods and services on this planet. property and power which are dominant today. FL. It seeks to update society to present day knowledge and modern methods. advancing technology is now phasing out the role of humans in the economic labor force. The Venus Project In this section. As was discussed in Chapter 2.

The intelligent management of the earth’s resources is what is important. causing unemployment and hence a reduction in the purchasing power of its citizenry. is detrimental to our survival. in the form of hand outs from the government. As far as ideologies. often attempt to create solutions within the monetary system. This isn’t subjective. for the ultimate utilization of the planet is an organization worldwide. 48 . crime is epidemic. full of possibilities for us to create an abundance of technology. while the rest of the world is given money to use. our abilities will be limited. as this phenomenon progresses. More on this problem of ideological division will be discussed in Chapter 7.where unemployment is rampant. it is time we put aside our religious and nationalistic differences and realize that we are all here on the same planet. Now. food and energy. Sadly. Physical survival and quality of life are based solely on our use. a virtually non-existent middle class (perhaps 5% of the world’s population) works to oversee the machine operations. draconian police state measures are introduced to suppress dissent and environmental resources become more exploited and destroyed. for it won’t matter how cost effective the production companies are… people will simply not have any money to buy the items with. The planet can only be diligently examined and operated from a holistic perspective. religious groups. extreme liberty restrictions and great public anger. It would lead to dictatorship. with our ever-growing scientific ingenuity to utilize those resources in the most humane. the tradition of labor for money and money for resources no longer has a logical basis. thus ending the mechanism of ‘cyclical consumption’. needing the same basic things. If we do not keep track of all planetary resources and view the planet as a synergistic whole. Over time. The Earth is essentially a tool kit. as expressed previously. where the rich elite own the factories. and adjust our production process accordingly. usually suggesting some form of ‘hyper-welfare socialist state”. making it currently difficult to organize a global resource management system. for the stratification of class is still there. a tipping point will occur when the lack of consumer purchasing power will destroy the monetary based economy. technologically constructive and efficient ways. for it inherently limits cooperation amongst tribes. In a saner world. It is only when the world works together that sustainability and true progress will be achieved. Those who are aware of this. giving those at the top access to more resources than the billions at the bottom. management and preservation of the earth’s resources. Furthermore. statistics have shown that human beings are increasingly being replaced by automated machines in the workforce. Industry and Labor Again. a Resource-Based Economy would need to be global by nature. the world today is divided by profit oriented commercial competition. in and of itself. we would take account of the dynamic equilibrium within our global ecosystem. This type of idea is nothing but horrifying and absurd. This is another reason why the monetary system. and primitive nationalistic ego identifications.

) to production items used for non-utility based purposes. it is critical that we know what we have on this planet. In fact. Step 1: Survey the planetary resources. These instruments could simply be reoriented for the purpose of environmental monitoring rather than human monitoring. The entire point of technology is to free humanity from labor itself! We need a social design that focuses on maximizing our technological abilities for the sake of freeing humanity from drudgery and increasing productivity to its highest potential. let’s completely forget about our current monetary based social system and take a fresh look at modern industrial production methods. along with the most mathematically appropriate raw material distribution. etc.) Step 3: Optimization of production methods | maximizing product lifespan. Musical Instruments. based on availability and its most relevant application. technological development. water. This is fundamentally counterproductive. Any scarce resource is immediately addressed by seeking alternatives and substitutes. With this information. Radios. shelter. industrial production is always adjusted to compensate for any emerging scarcity. reduces waste. The question is how would we design a production system that maximizes high quality output. for the sake of argument. here is how the logical reasoning for industrial production methods would unfold: Step 1: Survey the planetary resources. Step 2: Decide on what needs to be produced.) to utility based production items (raw materials. and reduces repetitive and mechanical human labor? Based on The Scientific Method. Step 4: Distribution methods for human access. As discussed in the last chapter. even if it might sound complex. 49 . the US military and Pentagon already have satellites and ocean monitors for the purpose of defense. for that translates into what the possibilities are. as would be implemented in a Resource-Based Economy. It is nothing but insanity to slow/ignore technological development in order to preserve an outdated social system. we are now seeing a deliberate stifling and withholding of technological development for the sake of keeping people employed. considers the dynamic equilibrium of the biosphere. etc. oriented by priority ranging from bare necessities (such a food. Step 5: Optimized recycling of those products that eventually become obsolete or inoperable.Consequently. It is like having an electronic drill available on a job. automated machines. This awareness can be obtained by real-time electronic feedback coming from all resource sectors of the planet. etc. Now. This idea of world resource monitoring is not far fetched. (Entertainment Media. fed into a central computer database that monitors any growing scarcity or problem. Anything less is unacceptable. but instead you use a manual drill because you want to get paid for more hours.

Step 2: Decide on what production is required. for. they would think they need an electronic sewing machine…yet…. Science and technology are barometers of utilitarian human need. For instance. Sadly. Someone who has dust in his or her home would think. This. Without it. High-efficiency labor automation. Are they sure? Perhaps what they actually need is a household pressure system that does not enable dust to enter or is equipped with electrostatic air filters that eliminate what little dust there is and destroys air borne bacteria. and therefore all products that are created should be as advanced as is technologically possible. This mechanism of the monetary system is nothing but detrimental. This is because the majority of the products produced would not even exist if industry focused on what would best serve the needs of society. which generates wasteful. Human labor is not only currently being replaced by machines because it is more cost effective within the profit system. How anyone can sit back and defend the Monetary System’s propensity for waste is horrifying. “I need a vacuum cleaner”. outdated products constantly just to keep industry and the economy going. a person 300 years ago might need a needle and thread to fix a torn shirt. machine labor is exceedingly better than human labor. we can begin to see that needs are always in transition. most on the planet today have no idea what they really want or need.Industrial productivity increases when machine labor replaces human labor. coupled with scientifically managed 50 . and output statistics have shown this continually . does not have the ability or the desire to produce the most advanced tools for our use. mechanically. right? If the desk breaks. the exact opposite occurs in our current system. while outputting the most long lasting and effective products. This makes sense. In other words. for they have never been informed as to the true state of technology. I would try to make sure that desk would last as long as possible. In a saner world. we will make things that last. the whole economy would collapse. that means I would have to build another one. The optimization of production methods is about using the most powerful materials and methods. What do we need? This is a very powerful question. besides food. the current monetary system thrives on multiplicity and planned obsolescence. It would seem logical that everything produced in society would have the longest possible life span that is technically possible. at the cost of more materials and more labor. If I was going to build a desk for myself. as previously discussed. What we think we need is a direct result of the state of society’s awareness of technological development. for. more accurately. of course. water and shelter. Our current monetary system. Today. for a machine does not get tired and it is always more accurate and consistent than a human. should be no surprise. if we critically examine what we think we need in a material sense. what they really need is a kind of shirt material that doesn’t tear easily or at all. Step 3: Optimization of production methods | maximizing product lifespan.

where it unloaded a diecasting machine. Step 4: Distribution methods for human access. In 1970. The Unimate was deployed for the first time in 1961 at the General Motors Corporation plant in Trenton. which make people feel greedy. search for the item’s function. This will be addressed in a moment. It would be available for pickup or delivery soon after. Advertising would not exist in this new system. the Unimate from Unimation Inc. that a product is only created when the request is made by a person in need. scarcity-less environment which could be operated by only a very small fraction of the population. Now. There is also no reason for a person to steal something that is available to everyone…and they certainly couldn’t sell it. the automaker built the first automated spot welding line. for each product designed has had incorporated into it the consideration of recycling in advance. had a work envelope of 350 cubic feet. “ Who will maintain the machines?” is common. one of the more difficult and confusing components for many to consider in regard to the above 5 steps for our Resource-Based Economy’s new industrial production methodology.resources (as denoted in chapter 3) will allow for a fluid. Distribution methods would also depend on the state of technology. This strategic consideration would ensure that obsolete products would be reused. For instance.. Also. production could eventually become so streamlined. This step actually begins at the production stage. to the maximum extent possible. along with automated delivery would be the most simplistic way for now. In light of the fact that all goods in a Resource-Based Economy are designed to last as long as possible. warehouse like distribution centers. reducing waste. consisting of 28 51 . there is little need for a person to hoard their items. The question of. select the item and request it. It occupied 20 square feet of floor space. has to do with number 3 and the use of machines for replacing human labor in as many areas as possible. since there is no money used in this system. let’s briefly review the history and application of machine automation and computer technology. To obtain a product. Six years later. a person would likely go online. Not to mention the outgrowth of all of the other value distortions imposed by advertising today. Step 5: Optimized Recycling of the products that become outdated or inoperable. The first major automated robot. everything produced would be sustainable and recyclable. However. Regardless. New Jersey. GM was using the Unimate for spot welding and attaching clips to seat frames. outside of general product information available to people who think they might need it. Ideally. the consumer culture values that exist today would also be outgrown. inferior or inept due to what they do and don’t own.

it crunched more calculations than had been performed by all humanity since time began.org/wiki/ENIAC 53 Kanellos.wikipedia. the president of U. a Century of Struggle. but if our economy turns sour. p. Industries. Cybernation is the Emancipation Proclamation for human kind.. I will have difficulty selling them and no reason to make them. 50 Years of Assembly: Robots to Change the Future—Again http://www. Essentially. Looking Forward. To my way of thinking.org/hisupdate63.000 radio tubes. set up the "Foundation on Automation and Employment" to try to "develop ways to ease automation's impact on displaced workers. Inc." He once stated: ”I want to sell the automation machines that my company makes. freeing us from the drudgery of common labor. Michael.”51 In 1946.com/2009-1006_3-6037980. In the words of Albert Einstein: “Ultimate automation…will make our modern industry as primitive and outdated as the stone age man looks to us today. We should embrace it emphatically.”55 This reality is not something we should fight. John Snyder. Barnes.html 54 http://en.com/Articles/Column/BNP_GUID_9-5-2006_A_10000000000000127612 51 Rodden.assemblymag. ENIAC--Monster and Marvel. Cybernated machines today are probably the most powerful and influential inventions humanity has ever created. This combination of machine and computer intelligence could be termed: Cybernation. took up 680 square feet and weighed more than 30 tons.htm 52 http://en. S. This computer has 18. The Fighting Machinists. 50 Sprovieri.called ENIAC. 1969. a manufacturer of automated equipment. Robert G.53 Now. 72 52 . opening new horizons for human potential and exploration. all businessmen should share this view--that the unemployment problem and the automation problem are as serious for business as for labor. the first general-purpose electronic computer was developed. http://www.cnet.02 inches (0. http://news.. machinery today is being combined with computerization.5 mm) square has the same performance power as the ENIAC.org/wiki/ENIAC 55 Fresco and Keyes. a computer chip measuring 0. the computer is the brain of the machine and instructs the machine in terms of what it is to do.54 Now.robots.52 Penn professor Irving Brainerd once speculated that during the 80. John . if the unemployment problem is not solved.50 Those who were in the business of making these machines knew exactly what the implications were. In 1962.wikipedia.iamawlodge1426.223 hours ENIAC operated. The possibilities of these tools are on pace to change the entire fabric of society…beginning first with the freeing of the human labor force.

I am almost tempted to argue that only unintelligent machines can be malevolent…Those who picture machines as active enemies are merely projecting their own aggressive[ness]. 2002. The Best That Money Can’t Buy. How can that be said with confidence? Because the best materials 56 57 Fresco. Your cars and personal computers don’t stand a chance. that intelligent machines must be malevolent entities hostile to man. tens of millions of jobs would be lost worldwide in these sectors alone. while also being able to compute at incredible rates.226-227 53 .”57 Now. noted “Father of Cybernation”: ”It is a degradation to human beings to chain them to an oar and use them as a source of power. but it is almost an equal degradation to assign them to purely repetitive tasks in a factory which demands less than a millionth of their brain power. as denoted before. and nothing more. If computers and cars were not designed to break down. Jacque. Norbert Wiener. Clarke: ”The popular idea. Arthur C. Profiles of the Future.In the words of Dr. a very common reaction to the idea of machines taking over the role of human labor is to distrust the idea due to our daily problems with technology today. in a monetary system everything produced is designed to break down. for those who have been indoctrinated by science fiction to think that these new machines might gain “consciousness” and “take over the human race”. 1964. Even NASA with its extreme need for the best materials and technology has a budget to deal with. from your refrigerator to your stove. NY Harper & Row. p. a Cybernated Machine will perform complex tasks easing the process to obtain a particular goal. for everything is a product. If there is ever a war between men and machines. pp. 54 Clarke. Global Cybervisions. Now. and must cut corners if need be. Ultimately. to your computer. to personal computers freezing. the greater the degree of cocooperativeness. for it prevents their efficiency and sustainability. also far exceeding the computational speed and capacity of the human brain. first of all. is so absurd that it is hardly worth wasting energy to refute it. The machines do as they are programmed. it should be understood that this has zero basis in reality. could not last your entire lifetime without physical repair. the first step towards ensuring that the Cybernated Machines we devise are made of the highest quality components and programming would require that we outgrow the monetary system. society today seems to have a love-hate relationship with technology. The higher the intelligence. it is easy to guess who will start it.”56 These Cybernated Machines far exceed the physical accuracy of a human being. Well. Cybernated Machines are nothing more than creative extensions of human performance. There is no reason why everything in your home. Both industries have a massive sub-industry for repairs and maintenance. From cars breaking down. Just as a hammer will help you drive a nail into a strip of wood. In the words of Arthur C. to your television. fostered by comic strips and the cheaper forms of science fiction..

pp. we can only expect that the rate of our technological capabilities will continue to increase. Huebsch. there are often warning lights on the dashboard that will alert you to a problem with a particular part of the car. everything breaks down… that is the intent.available on this planet.W. Thorstein. The bottom line here is that self-repairing machines and structures are growing realities. In cars today. Once the Cybernated Industrial System is set up. Even more advanced.120-121 54 . the role humans will play within the high-tech. such as Titanium. These metals can literally remember their shape. automated industrial production plant of the future will be that of supervisors and nothing more. being mishandled by ignorant businessmen…to maximize profits. cybernetic. so most people in society have no idea of what is actually possible. is often too brittle and it weathers very quickly – so. In the event that a machine’s physical structure becomes damaged. architects and the like? We have to ask ourselves. This idea can be expanded to all machinery to the degree where not only is the machine’s on board computer ‘aware’ of a problem. this would not be tolerated and the industrial machines devised would not only have extreme durability and long life spans. the advanced machines will eventually be able to repair themselves. are material technologies such as ‘shape memory alloys’. The Engineers and the Price System. the resulting output of goods and services would doubtless exceed the current output of goods and services by several hundred percent. NY B. In a saner world. Plastic is one of the cheapest synthetic materials available. as now. it is simply a matter of updating the system and making sure the system is in order. 1921. and was then managed by competent technicians…to maximize production of goods and services instead of. Today you will find that most general products in the consumer industry are created in whole. Products made today are made out of the cheapest possible materials in order to increase profit margins. The problem is that the production of such efficiency is not rewarded in the monetary system. or in part. supplemental machines can thereby be directed to replace the broken part in real time. of course. But what about complex jobs. such as doctors. “What is the true nature of our occupational roles?” 58 Veblin. have sustainable properties that far exceed the life span of a person by thousands of years. an electronic current can be sent through that section.”58 Now. In the words of Thorstein Veblen: ”If the country’s productive industry were completely organized as a systematic whole. out of plastic. instantly correcting the structure. As time moves forward. It has no heat tolerance.

What exactly is a doctor. It is already beginning to happen in certain areas. which is our cognitive ability to think out solutions to problems from a cause and effect standpoint. the first thing you need to know is the best available materials to use and then apply the highest integrity methodology to those materials. for we have already seen machines replace the role of humans in areas such as factories and construction. If this sounds foreign to you. A modern programmed computer with optical technology is not limited by the spectrum of the human eye. While there might be so called “creative” elements to the carpenter’s ways. if we have a problem with our car. we would go to a mechanic and he would use his pattern recognition abilities and associative memory to consider the possibilities that might have caused the problem. However. a plumber. When a doctor examines you. it has a memory and processing capacity that far exceed a human’s. unrecognized by most. technical process. based on reasoning. please note that if you have ever used a calculator. all he or she is doing is referencing what he or she has learned. is entirely a technical process. The utilitarian roles that humans assume in society today are fundamentally technical by nature. Those understandings are completely technical and without the need for human opinion. And this brings us to a very critical realization… one that will have a profound effect on our progress on this planet: The delegation of decision making to computers is the next step. a mechanic’s human brain is only capable of a certain amount of memory and intellectual 55 . along with the possibilities for solving the problem. our mental labor is now being delegated to computers as well. However. It is simply a matter of time before extremely advanced machines replace surgeons. There is no reason why an optical scanner could not be invented that can scan your arm and immediately understand what the condition might be. A ‘carpenter’ is a person who is hired to fix or create a certain kind of structure. he is still basing his decisions on physics. an architect. geometry and modern materials. Even surgery. The same goes for every other utilitarian occupation in existence. is a purely technical process. a carpenter. you have delegated your decision making to a machine. If you want to build a deck. We must remember that logical reasoning. the doctor examines the skin and mentally references the patterns he or she has been taught. If you go to a dermatologist because you think you might have cancer on your arm. based on the amount of information we have at any one time. Then he or she might take a sample of the skin to be tested by machine analysis. For example. This seems obvious in regard to physical labor. as sensitive as it may seem to us today. It is a ‘technical’ process. or the like actually doing in their work? They recognize and react to observed patterns. It is an objective.

He might input. It has also been programmed with the application of physics so it can relate to the actual cause and effect functionality and operation of the machine. and can consistently and rapidly process information without getting tired or lazy.. and Communism will be regarded as primitive experiments directed toward the adjustment of modern society to modern methods”59 – Dr. every screw and every electronic pathway. particularly in the social. can store tremendously more data than a human. The computer would then immediately present a list of all relevant issues related to the headlight. he inputs that new information into the computer and the computer goes to the next logical possibility. Ralph Linton 59 Linton. There is no evidence to support the contrary. political and economic fields. let’s assume we have programmed a computer with the data set consisting of the car in question. Knopf. computers will be able to achieve complex thought processes that were formerly only attributed to humans. “left headlight not working”. the mechanic recognizes the physical properties as best he can. Ralph. etc. The computer is really making the decisions… the mechanic is just orienting its focus. When the car is taken in for repair. economic. Fascism. and then present a series of framed questions to the mechanic that most logically attempt to locate the cause. selects the model of the car and inputs a description of the problem. For instance. In time. and then he goes over to this computer. It is safe to predict that…such social inventions as modern-type Capitalism. However. The bottom line here is that there really is no area of human operation that cannot be highly perfected by delegating decision-making processes to computer intelligence. It requires that the language be transformed into one that it is programmed to understand. the only thing that now separates us from machines on a cognitive. pp 47-8) 56 . (AI) are beginning to grow with incredible possibilities for this kind of “awareness”. 1959. The Tree of Culture (New York: Alfred A. No computer today has yet to respond effectively to being “asked a complex question” in the English language. programmed machine on the other hand. new fields. In fact. utilitarian level is our ability to create complex associations in our mind. Government: ”[The] tremendous and still accelerating development of science and technology has not been accompanied by an equal development in social. such as mathematics. and then show a diagram of where that component is located in the car. If the mechanic finds that isn’t the problem.processing power. such as ‘Artificial Intelligence’. A modern. of that vehicle. The computer might say: “Check the connection of cable 15b”. In the next section we will describe how this new human option to delegate our labor and decision making to a highly efficient computerized system is what will constitute the replacement of the institution of traditional “Government”. not just its parts. A computer has been programmed to know every component. and political patterns…We are now…only beginning to explore the potentialities which it offers for developments in our culture outside technology.

for our technical insight can now arrive at most answers using The Scientific Method along with all known variables relative to the problem. Government decisions today are based on the narrow self-interest of an elite. Whose opinion would you value more? The person who read the full book. They also very often cite “god” and allude to their wars as being some form of battle against “evil”. Sadly. Patriotism is racism with a flag… nothing more.” For a person to say something like. it must push a unified value system. all a government can basically do is make laws. and declare wars. is a byproduct of environmental scarcity. Like mafia tribes. he or she can easily have an “opinion” on that book as a whole. In order for any traditional government to keep control over its people. As discussed earlier. just like the corporations. The reason why all governments on the planet are corrupt is because they have to be in this system. computerized machines now have the ability to perform better than humans in both physical and mental areas. there is little reason for traditional opinions in the solving of any problem. As stated before. Remember. Government. If another reads the whole book. the governments of the world seek to preserve their current positions of power. They are really monetary system creations. to the destruction of the Amazon Rainforest. ranging from the genocidal slaughter of peoples in opposing nations. due to the very nature of their power. If a person reads one page of a book and closes it. the more accurate that decision will be. This is nothing but destructive and unsustainable. In the words of Albert Einstein: “Patriotism is a disease. they are no different than corporations. history has become one constant chain of governmental corruption. the more information taken into account in the process of decision-making. Because of this. the more we think about our problems on this planet. They are all in competition with each other. as we know it. The fact is. from the poverty in Africa. to the deliberate oppression of a country’s own people in order to maintain the established order. This manipulation keeps an uninformed public on ‘their side’ with a narrow worldview. “The USA is the best country on earth” is exactly the same as saying “White people are God’s chosen race”. trying to survive in the monetary system. establish budgets. As far as social management. Our minds do not technically compare to computers that can access trillions of bits of information across vast informational 57 . while aggressively working to strengthen their economic advantage.First of all. we see that every problem in life is actually technical by nature. with periodic “world empires” emerging every couple hundred years or so. they will put statues of “great war heroes” in parks and have the media push the ‘nobleness’ of the military. If the leaders of a country want the public to support its wars. or the person who has only read one page? In other words. he or she might also have an opinion.

used as tools. along with resource and environmental management. Because of the limitations of the sensory and cortical equipment in our body and mind. computers have the ability to catalog information and logically compute it on a scale much larger than a human can. We now must work towards a new. for they do not have these restrictions. Our eyes can only see a fraction of the electromagnetic field… therefore it is only logical that we delegate decision making to machines. Glasses are a technological tool…an extension of the human being that helps a person see better than they would normally. and compute output results near the speed of light. Cybernated Machines are nothing different. which humans simply cannot due to our physical and mental limitations. has no basis to exist. the “State”. people do not make decisions. to the problem now being one of creating and distributing abundance. In a system of abundance. no one can know everything in this world. and removes dangerous biases. emerging paradigm – moving from a period where the central problem was the sharing of scarcity. As stated before. ‘Politics’ is now outdated. It is now within our 58 . They are simply extensional tools that expand our abilities. the most efficient decisions are decisions that have been arrived at by taking into account all relevant variables. Politics is an outgrowth of the monetary system and scarcity. as we know it. Our senses are limited in range. Computers.databases. can/will be able to solve problems. Only computers will be able to handle the integration of all known knowledge and come up with decisions that will be logically based on the full known range of data. which is combined with Industry and thus responsible for the production and distribution of goods. We must realize this and maximize its potential. Government and the concept of the “State” will eventually be outgrown entirely and replaced by an objective system of global resource management and technological organization. The transfer of decision making to machine intelligence is the next phase of social evolution. Government also becomes a Cybernated System. The human species has the powerful ability to improve itself through technological invention. It greatly reduces human error. There is no ‘Republican’ or ‘Liberal’ way to design an airplane… so why do we use these outdated worldviews in society today? When we recognize that society is a technological invention. It is no different than a person who uses a pair of glasses to see. for its processes are largely subjective and without scientific reference. subjectivity and opinion. we then see that our orientation towards so called “government” should be purely scientific. they arrive at them through the use of advanced technological tools that incorporate The Scientific Method. with its component variables really no different than the component variables of an airplane. As noted previously. The structural basis for this “government” system is idealized as follows: 1) A central database containing catalogs of every known material and technical understanding for problem solving and invention. In a Resource-Based Economy.

operations and other environmental issues. in order for this system to be effective. while the Database will in turn constantly adjust industrial methods based around the dynamic equilibrium of the planet. it can integrate physics. 59 . 3) Interdisciplinary Teams of technicians oversee the system and orient research projects to continue growth. this process of inquiry and interaction is no different than interfacing with a calculator. in fact. the more that number decreases. for the new method of problem solving and invention will be an interaction with this database program. it must also have real-time feedback input from the planet. which will allow computers to contextually cross-relate all the known disciplines. we will have in our grasp a tool of immeasurable proportions. etc. Again. but this new “calculator” has a powerful associative system and an extensive database of knowledge that can not just understand and compute math. combinations and applications of every element on the periodic table. medical facilities. full international cooperation is the only way to accomplish such a system. This integration can inform the Central Database Program of what is available and what is scarce. such as earthquakes and other natural phenomenon. You would pose a problem or question to the database program and it will give the best feedback that is possible based on the current state of knowledge at that period in time. while also monitoring the earth for environmental disturbances which humanity should be alerted to. This database would include a survey of available resources. The more optimized and powerful our technology and methods become. ranging from the properties. scientific and technical personnel. In an optimized version of this system. Of course. generating “Industrial Electronic Feedback” regarding resources. schools. This nervous system is connected directly to the Central Database Program noted above. Once the associative system emerges. the US Military already has similar database reference and decision making programs that it uses to strategize for war.grasp today to begin the development of a Central Computer Database that contains all known knowledge. no more than 5% of the population would likely be needed to run the show. transportation. production plants. This will not happen overnight. with environmental sensors in all relevant areas of the planet. efficiency and social evolution. This issue will be discussed in Chapter 9. It could even come in the form of a simple website on the Internet. This requires a worldwide sensory system. The limitations of our physical and cognitive abilities will no longer be a problem. This holistic system keeps track of all the resources on the planet. in order to understand what resources we have and what we don’t. to the complete known history of technological invention. Regardless. astronomy and every scientific field into one concentrated awareness. research labs. In other words: 2) An earth wide autonomic nervous system. Most likely. biology. it could be created sooner than we think. but if we began by constructing regional systems and overtime interlink all of them globally.

with its historical knowledge databases and full integration of all scientific fields. they would interact with the Central Database System program.Of course. coupled with vast planetary wide observation sensors. while the distorted monetary powers at the top continue to do whatever they please. where “industry” and “government” are combined into a Cybernated System that incorporates advanced problem solving database computers. These Interdisciplinary Teams would be selected and organized by the Central Database Program. for there is no reward for it. elections and the like have no relevance or basis. It always was. If the proposal makes logical sense and the optimized resources to make it happen are available. what about democracy? Is this system a democracy? How do I participate in the system? Do we elect the Interdisciplinary teams? In a Resource-Based. Did you vote for the space program? Did you vote for the cabinet of the new president? Did you vote for the tax cut? Did you vote for where highways or power grids go? Did you vote for the war in Iraq? No. Once that person is in power. it must be reiterated that our problems in life are technical. in fact. you didn’t. There never was a true democracy in any country in history and there never will be as long as the monetary system is in operation and scarcity is perpetuated. Global Economy. The traditional concept of a “participatory democracy” is a cruel joke. While this notion scares a lot of traditionally minded people. would then analyze the concept for its scientific and technical integrity along with optimizing the materials required based on current understandings and availabilities. for their worldviews have been expanded to realize that their reward is. the public then has no power. the public’s fear of traditional “corruption” will have no basis. it would be turned over to the Interdisciplinary Teams that oversee the implementation of the new proposal and orient it into the system. They would then input their proposal. Democracy in today’s world is an illusion. The game has been used to give the public the illusion of control for countless generations. based on what they have already contributed to the system. People think they have “choice” in our current system because they can press a button on a voting machine and put some pre-selected person into power. This is a true “election”. the fruits of the society as a whole and they contribute because they want to! While this might be difficult to consider for those who have been 60 . based on what a person has done. which would likely come in the form of an advanced Internet web page which every person has access to. Furthermore. and nothing more. the traditional concepts of politics. many people often ask. The Interdisciplinary Teams do not get “paid” in any way. not what they say they will do. The Central Database. So how would a person participate within a Resource-Based Economy? First.

Giving and Volunteering in the United States: Findings from a National Survey. let it be known that every day.2 hours a week. and maintained by evolving Interdisciplinary Teams. utilizing computers that gain real-time feedback from the environment. Summary of Chapter 5: Who makes the decisions in a Resource-Based Economy? No one does. In the end. participation is open to everyone. This combination could be called the Cybernated Industrial System. humans still strive to help each other and give to society without reward. at an average of 4. along with a Central Historical Database of all known technical information. Decisions are arrived at by the use of The Scientific Method. for even with the sickness of self-interest generated by the monetary system. In a 1992 Gallop Poll. the goal of the educational system is to produce the most intelligent and aware human beings as possible. because all issues are fundamentally recognized as technical. In a Resource-Based Economy. We want to utilize Scientific Methods for arriving at more appropriate decisions. Vital Speeches of the day. those who choose to work in the Cybernated Industrial System will do so because it is an honor to serve humanity. In the future.fully indoctrinated into the monetary based reward system and feel that money is the only “incentive” there is. We don’t want people in control of government.”61 In a Resource-Based Economy. In the words of Margaret Mead: ” If you look closely you will see that almost anything that really matters to us. In society today. the public is always kept uninformed and as dumbed-down as possible. They will understand that it is in their self-interest to see to it that humanity lives and works together for the greater good. This is why expanded education is critical. more than 50% of American adults (94 Million Americans) volunteered time for social causes.5 billion hours a year!60 This is an incredible triumph for the collective human spirit. This way the government can maintain control. p2 Krikorian. 1992. (2) research projects and educational systems to expand our knowledge. all over the world. understandings and applications. p 301 61 . for a total of 20. greatly affecting our social evolution for the better and improving the lives of all. millions of humans volunteer for the greater good. and (3) the constant monitoring of the earth’s resources 60 61 Hodgkinson & Weitzman. 1985. This reduces erroneous opinions and subjectivity. anything that embodies our deepest commitment to the way human life should be lived and cared for. The reward in a Resource-Based Economy would be the continual improvement of society for all. Robert “Have you noticed…”. The degree to which a person contributes is based simply on that person’s education and ability to create and problem solve. the only real issues for society in the natural world are (1) the production of goods and services that are equally available to all. depends on some form of volunteerism. Why? Because everyone can then become a contributor.

Without the wasted energy and resources from going to war and other aspects of the monetary system. allowing for constant upgrades and changes. water distribution methods and the like. Trying to fix our current cities is not worth the time. the cities are designed to be extremely flexible. such as houses. being waste disposal." which means. "to bring together or combine. However. It is time that we fully harness a systems approach to our city designs. while others will be kept as museum cities. Chapter 6: Cities that Think Anthropologists often consider the city as our most fundamental social invention. be intricately interconnected to the ‘processes’ of the cities. and relative freedom from maintenance.and atmosphere for feedback and possible environmental problems. irrigation. In a Resource-Based Economy. etc. illness and disease. such as electrical systems. as modern as they may seem. along with advanced integrations of ‘social’ conventions." A systems approach thus means that the ‘elements’ of the city. enabling us to restore and maintain a pristine environment. they require that we start fresh. we could address true threats to humanity. They are emergent. Since then. The first known city is thought to have occurred about 5400 BCE in ancient Sumeria. Jacque Fresco’s innovative. such as unforeseen variables like tsunamis. It is much less problematic and effective to build newer cities from the ground up than to restore old ones. inefficient cities will be mined for resources. power generators and production facilities. 62 . power distribution. goods and services production. The design and development of these new cities emphasize the restoration and protection of the environment and efficiently apply resources with energy conservation. material and effort. multidimensional and circular city designs would use the most sophisticated resources and construction techniques. However. today’s cities. The only real problems in life are the problems that are common to all humans. fully integrated systems designed to evolve like a living organism. we have seen vast technological evolution in the processes and materials used to create the components of a city. The term "systems" is derived from the Greek word "synistanai. Many of the old. ease of fabrication. earthquakes. are in fact extremely outdated in the face of modern technology and scientific ingenuity.

in compete harmony with the environment. For instance. The next inner section is the ‘agricultural belt’. water sports and any other outdoor activity. These cities serve the role of extensions of human activity and utilitarian expression. cycling. containing unique homes and apartments. and general functionality. the outermost perimeter of the city is for nature-oriented recreation. extruded as a whole. Wind and Solar technologies. The geometrically elegant circular arrangement is designed to allow for the highest standard of living in the most productive and efficient ways possible. with a minimum expenditure of energy. All homes and apartment complexes are also 63 . using outdoor and indoor (hydroponic) agricultural methods so food can be grown all year round. travel techniques. While these energy sources would be region specific.The Circular City: Model by Jacque Fresco | Photo by Roxanne Meadows The circular city permits the most efficient use of resources. eight green areas provide clean renewable energy sources for the entire city. often these methods will include Geothermal. Continuing in. while those cities near water would extend to utilize Wave and Tidal power. Structures of the future can be near solid units. The largest of these green areas is also the ‘residential belt’. The days of bricks and wood being stuck together are no more. The configuration of these cities would be a direct representation of the function they serve. including lush gardens and parks for hiking. The residences are constructed by extrusion technology and other methods of high-tech prefabrication.

Automated inventory systems would integrate the distribution centers and manufacturing facilities in a highly coordinated and efficient way. In the center of the city. with overruns and waste eliminated. the outer surfaces of the structures serve as photovoltaic generators. in regard to the agricultural belt. Oceanic city communities will develop as artificial islands. The effects of floods. limits on production would not exist. the core dome electronically monitors the production and distribution of products. Also. Waste recycling and other such needs are located beneath the surface of the city. nutrient allocation and other attributes. converting solar radiation directly into electricity. respective of the characteristics of the region of the earth employed. require little maintenance and are impervious to water and other environmental influences. which is the brain and nervous system of the entire city. such a performance venues. exhibitions and the like. while also controlling environmental factors within the system. Colonization of the oceans is likely the next stage for humanity in order to relieve land based population pressures. science and research centers. The homes are fire resistant. including the water table. always utilizing the most advanced methods in clean technology. there is a large dome that contains the Central Cyberneted System. are eight smaller domes that are used as culture centers. For example. Without the problem of money and value.virtually self-contained systems. conference centers. This method of ‘environmental feedback’ is applied to the entire city complex. For instance. 64 . Moving in past the residential district are education. earthquakes and hurricanes are also considered and incorporated into the design. floating structures and under sea observatories. ‘total enclosure’ cities. other city designs would include various ‘land city’ configurations. Apart from the Circular City. This way a ‘balanced load economy’ can be maintained. within this central dome is the central transportation hub…more on this in a moment. Surrounding the central dome. along with ‘Cities in the Sea’. electronic probes monitor and maintain the soil conditions. along with production and distribution centers. through satellites and sensors placed around the entire city. As denoted earlier in our section on ‘government’.

while also regulating larger order processes for all cities and the environment as a whole. Interconnected Circular Research Cities 65 . if that is what you want to call it. making sure there isn’t a material resource needed in any of the individual cities. CG by Doug Drexler “Oceanic City” Model by Jacque Fresco.“Land City (Variation)” Model by Jacque Fresco & Roxanne Meadows “Enclosure City” Designed by Jacque Fresco. the larger world complex absorbs each city and monitors the broader spectrum of the environment. Photo by Roxanne Meadows The cities on earth. in whatever form they take. Just as each city has a central organizational dome which functions as the brain. with its nervous system stretching into all city complexes and beyond. This “government”. are all tightly interconnected within a worldwide system. as denoted in the previous chapter. along with its nervous system consisting of computerized environmental monitoring via satellite and electronic probes. is where the Central Database is located.

monorails. the accessibility and affordability of this technology is limited. which can go over land. A Maglev train uses magnets for propulsion. corrupt profit interest. Maglev technology is on pace to making them obsolete. coupled with the political pressure from the profit based energy industry. that every single transport vehicle in the world could not be utterly clean. and has existed for many years. or underwater. with zero need for gasoline. escalators and elevators. These tube based Maglevs could travel up to 4000 miles per hour. along with conveyers and transveyors. so nothing can wear out. There is absolutely no reason. They are fast. other than pure. Airports and International shipping systems are also implemented in and around the cities. clean. and efficient with only a fraction of the energy usage we use today for the same means. The train has no wheels. frictionless tube. However. vertical take off/landing aircraft and Maglev trains are used for continental and intercontinental travel. move in all directions and are interconnected with all other transport systems. and requires less than 2% of the energy used for plane travel.Model by Jacque Fresco & Roxanne Meadows Transportation: Within the city. 66 . It is worth pointing out that the prevailing means of transportation in our societies today require fossil fuels to run. in a motionless. due to battery patents controlled by the oil industry. which limit their availability to maintain market share. In the case of the automobile. It is fully suspended by a magnetic field. the battery technology needed to power an electric car that can go over 100 miles an hour and over 200 miles on one charge currently exists. As far as traditional airplanes are concerned. If you want to travel outside the city. This system can take you anywhere in the city. streamlined cars. The transportation system is deliberately designed to reduce the need for any kind of automobile.

This stifles the creative outlook of people and today many have an extremely limited frame of reference as to what is possible. education. Concurrently. of course. In a Resource-Based Economy the integrity of the family will be returned. for the amount of human freedom would be unlike anything we know today. employment insecurity and living costs.Maglev Train Designed by Jacque Fresco | Rendering by Roxanne Meadows Lifestyle: In our current system. the very idea of freedom is undermined. if a woman in ancient times had the role of walking from her hut to a nearby creek to fetch water every day for cooking. For example. With the monetary system outgrown and the world working together to produce abundance for all the citizens of the planet. Within the monetary system. In most of the world today. the cultural values of society as a whole would also undergo profound change. For many in our current society. Likewise. Monetary economics undermines family cohesion and childcare. advents in technology can actually change our values and it is important that we ‘update’ our value systems to reflect the modern period. The fact is. with both parents having to work in order to survive. the traditional family is broken. options in life are very limited due to the scarcity conditioning perpetuated. with people often 67 . for a person is only as free and their purchasing power will allow them to be. she would likely feel a displaced sense of responsibility if suddenly there was a plumbing system in the house with a faucet that brought the water to her directly. activities we appreciate will expand greatly. insurance. one of the more in depth changes in values and lifestyle will be the way people think about ‘property’. property is a powerful concept. what you like to do. Stress is always high due to medical bills. Some often respond to these possibilities with the question: “What will people do?” The answer is.

This naturally leads to the need for people to be manipulated into thinking they want or need a particular good or service. the city complex or. 68 . the idea of ownership becomes irrelevant. media commercials. everyone has unrestricted access to everything.“advertising”. is really your home. as opposed to sitting in some parking lot wasting space and time. the monetary system will no longer pollute the human mind via its manipulative arm . Anything needed is obtained. materialistic value system that entails wanting more and more goods and services. with products being utilized actively. People who had to work very hard to create or obtain a product or resource in turn protected it because it had immense value relative to the labor entailed along with the scarcity associated. in a Resource-Based Economy there is no reason for property. Ownership is a massive burden. People claim “ownership” because it is a legal form of protection. when they can always have access to them and then return them onsite? Our homes today are full of junk that we hold onto because of the supposed value they maintain. magazines and the like will no longer poison the landscape or our perceptions. In a Resource-Based Economy. Instead of having extraneous items like recreational equipment and vehicles sitting about your physical house. Instead. This waste will no longer be needed. while recreational items are available on call or near the location of their use. For example. There is no reason for abuse for there is nothing to gain. maintain and store golf clubs. One could travel the world constantly. the satellite based driving system will automatically make the car available for others to use. your clubs from the most effectively designed models available.that is your burden… for why would a person want to transport. With the powerful tactics of modern advertising. No longer will a person need to live in one place. The endless sea of billboards. If you require an automobile for whatever reason. When you get to your destination. This will cause a dramatic shift in the human value system and hence lifestyle. In a system of abundance.associating their social status with what they own. If you decide to keep the clubs. often regardless of their necessity or utility. go ahead . collecting dust when they are not in use. More powerfully. without restriction. In this model. most in the world support an artificial. they are stored centrally for everyone’s free access. Household items are obtained through central distribution in the cities. As stated before. In this new system no one owns anything. the monetary system requires ‘cyclical consumption’ to function. minimizing redundant waste. the car is made available for you. without the need for money. You use them. and then you return them. the entire world. Property is not an “American” or “Capitalist” idea… it is a primitive mental perspective generated from generations of scarcity. on site. You can’t steal things that no one owns and you certainly couldn’t sell them. Property is an outgrowth of scarcity. if you go to a golf course you would select. in fact.

the Circular City. We are thus supposedly born 62 wordnet. Everyone in the world will have access to their needs. ‘Full Enclosure’ and. Most only drive them for an hour a day. comprises one of the most efficient. greedy and blindly self-serving. for it dramatically reduces waste.’62 Therefore. the need for property results in extreme product overlap and redundant waste.In society today. Nurture Human Behavior: Some people who consider the tenets of a Resource-Based Economy think that the system would be difficult due to something called “Human Nature”. of course. It is much more intelligent to create a universal shared system. which are intrinsically outdated. One of the more profound changes will be regarding our sense of ownership and property. hence mental behaviors are in some way “hardwired” into a person. with room always for change. implying that no matter how technically good things are in society. . While there are many designs possible. The argument is that humans are inherently competitive.Part 4: Overcoming Mythology Chapter 7: Nature vs. upgrades and transition. there will always be ‘corrupt’ people who want to abuse others and seek dominance. including ‘Oceanic’.princeton. with the entire system based on making that possible.edu/perl/webwn 69 . There will be no need or reason for property in the future for importance will logically move from ‘acquisition’ to ‘access’. Its different circular tiers each operate as a component to the overall functionality of the city. integrating all elements and processes of the city into a self-contained whole as is technically possible. for the values of human beings will undergo profound change once the influence of the scarcity-based monetary system subsides. “Human Nature” is defined as: ‘the shared psychological attributes of humankind that are assumed to be shared by all human beings. ‘Land Cities’. Lifestyles in a Resource-Based Economy will be very different from the lifestyles of today. We must start anew and not concern ourselves with the chore of ‘patching’ the old cities. as designed by Jacque Fresco. There is no reason for every person to “own” a car. redundancy and increases space and efficiency. Summary of Chapter 6: The cities within a Resource-Based Economy will fully utilize the systems approach. the implication of the term is that certain psychological.

Is a criminal someone who steals food in order to feed his starving family? Most psychologists and behavioral geneticists today try to address this subjectivity by narrowing down supposed “criminal tendencies” to termed anti-social. twins.”63 However. schizophrenic or obsessive. the Aztecs engaged in mass human sacrifice for their gods. impulsive and aggressive behaviors…as broad and interpretive as these characterizations might also be. we see an endless series of wars. often killing tens of thousands at a time. What about the generations and generations of accepted slavery? In modern society it would be illegal to keep somebody in bondage and force them to work without pay. such as borderline. Rather. Nurture. but to them it was an accepted social custom. or is it the environment in which they are raised that determines this? This is the age-old question of ‘Nature vs. Given that this is the pattern we recognize… is it easy to assume that it must be “human nature” or “instinct” to behave in ways that are historically recurring. Is it the responsibility of an individual's genetic makeup that makes them a so-called “criminal”. their work now tends to focus on the interaction of Neurochemicals in the brain. 70 . Jay. it is now well demonstrated that the family and ‘RearedTogether’ Twin Studies (twins that grow up together) are poor methods of genetic behavioral research. Even Eugenics operations in the form of sterilization took place in order to “rid society of criminals. the idea of genetics being the reason for so-called criminal behavior became popular in the early 19th century.’ First. since family members share a common environment. Only 600 years ago. perhaps. The Journal of Mind and Behavior. conquests and power abuses. what exactly is criminal behavior? How do we qualify behavioral distinctions that have been invented by man and change over time? The entire concept of criminality is temporal and relative to a culture’s values and concepts of morality. They also catalog and examine socalled “personality disorders”. Was this criminal activity? To us. Now.with some preset psychological inclinations. and adoption. along with observational studies involving family. These methods are confounded by environmental factors. A critical review of twin and adoption studies of criminality and antisocial behaviors. idiots. for if you look at the historical record of the human species thus far. Now. imbeciles and rapists. 63 Joseph. Beginning with the observational studies. It is easy to see how this kind of assumption manifested. genocides. behavioral geneticists today will admit that no one has ever found a ‘criminal gene’. so called “criminal behavior” has been a focus in the field of psychology for a long time.

" -Both had some law-enforcement training and had been part time Deputy Sheriffs in Ohio. -Both named their pet dog "Toy. and were reunited in 1979.umn. Ohio as a whole has little diversity when compared to other states. Culturally. 86% of the state is white66 while 82% are Christian. -Both twins have an adopted brother whose name is Larry.edu/research/UM%20research. it further 64 65 66 http://mctfr. -Each did poorly in spelling and well in math.csv 67 http://www. for the environments are at least respectfully different from the original family environments.html http://mctfr. let it be firmly established that both “Jims” grew up only 45 miles from each other in Ohio.However.psych. If the parents of both “Jims” were also native to the Ohio region they were brought into. the more uniform the environmental influences. and block lettering.65 First of all. For instance. Another important element that this author cannot express due to the lack of available information is the cultural dispositions and values of the parents involved.64 Three hundred and forty eight pairs of twins were studied at the University of Minnesota. -One has named his first son James Alan while the other named his first son James Allan. one of the most famous studies on Reared-Apart Twins was one that is often called the “Minnesota Study”. The study of these two reunited. Jim Lewis and Jim Springer were separated four weeks after birth in 1940. research of ‘Reared-Apart’ Twins are seemingly better methods.html 71 .com/ohio/demographics. this method is plagued by the problem of the twins growing up in very similar social.umn. with the most noted case from this study.psych. known as the “Jim Twins” case. -Each did carpentry. it is safe to assume that the two men each were subjected to very similar values and traditions. Today.gov/popest/states/asrh/tables/SC-EST2005-03-39. While the study of Twins Reared-Apart seems to eliminate the problem of mutual environmental influence in regard to family patterns.67 This is important because the less diversity a region has.census. mechanical drawing. they grew up 45 miles apart in Ohio. Considering the close proximity of the twins and the general cultural disposition of the region.spiritus-temporis. the most heavily cited studies in support of a genetic basis for personality disorders and behavioral tendencies come from Reared-Apart Twin Studies.html http://www. identical twins produced the following concordances: -Both twins are married to women named Betty and divorced from women named Linda.edu/research/UM%20research. economic and cultural environments. often cited to defend the genetic basis of behavior.

This is statistically staggering in view of the number of names in existence. In other words. They would thus later ask “when is home coming home?”. the Twins Studies. In regard to “Both twins have an adopted brother whose name is Larry”. The ‘Jim Twins’ grew up in the same areas and had similar values and environmental influences. for the tradition of naming children typically comes from the parents. The child would eventually hear these words and associate them with the father walking into the house. Now. The point here is to express that cultural factors oriented within the society are just as powerful as familial factors. it isn’t the point of this document to develop a full argumentative treatise on the lack of validity of the Twin Studies. Then there are the dogs named “Toy”. As far as each being married to women named Betty and divorced from women named Linda. The reasoning for this name could be multifaceted and logically derived from the environment. Someone had to suggest the name to the ‘Jims’ in order for them to be aware of the name to begin with.mongabay. In this common scenario. the word toy could be a reference name that has been contextually redefined. “Daddy’s home”. we need to know where the name came from initially. Linda is #3 and Betty is #1468. nearly all domesticated dogs traditionally have toys that their owners provide. What this actually reveals has nothing to do with the ‘Jim Twins’. In the case of the Jim twins.htm http://names. This point must be factored in and an in-depth analysis needs to be done regarding the cultural causes involved in such a study. show extreme weakness in understanding the true causality of a particular concordance. the most common male name in America… is James!69 As far as Allan/Alan. while highly praised. For example. not children. If each set of parents both had a propensity to name a son Larry.compounds the propensity of cultural similarity and hence behavioral similarity. of the top one thousand most common female names in America. For example. 68 69 http://names. more research would need to be done on the cultural reasoning behind those middle names in the region of Ohio that they both lived. showing a high probability of coincidence. we don’t have enough information to know if the name “Toy” is genetic or environmental. when announcing the arrival of the father to the child.htm 72 . but reasoning would naturally lean towards environmental. As far as the names ‘James Alan’ and ‘James Allan’.com/female_names. hence revealing that the environmental influences on both ‘Jims’ were also very similar. some children have confused the father figure with the word “home” rather than “daddy”. but rather shows a powerful cultural similarity of the parents.mongabay. then it suggests that the parents were possibly very culturally similar. The advent of the name ‘Toy’ could have come from an association made by a young Jim hearing his parent reference the toy when playing with the dog. Well.com/male_names. there have been historical instances where a mother would say to a young child who is just learning to speak something common like. this is a rather odd thing for the Minnesota researchers to report. Overall. while ‘Toy’ is not a common dog name.

While this is informative. suppose you have two identical twins separated at birth and each has the genetic predisposition to grow to over 6 feet. they might gravitate towards basketball. This is similar to genetic studies which claim they are looking for the gene which causes smoking or a makes a person become a Republican… it’s rather absurd. each has a high metabolism that keeps him or her thin. the Neurochemical behavior assumption does not give any specifics as to how those chemical propensities will manifest. If they obtain moral support from their friends and family. Just like other physiological attributes. FA. along with environment based cultural traditions. including sports activities. It is the environment that determines the actual behavior or lack thereof it. There is no evidence to suggest that genes somehow make the basketball player. the behavior that might result from the interaction of these chemicals can only be extremely generalized. Neurochemicals are further examples of physiological influences on behavior. Low Serotonin levels can apparently lead to impulsivity and aggression. Let’s say they are both adopted by middle class families in suburban environments and grow up in what would be considered a traditional American childhood culture. they will have an advantage in sports. and prevention of antisocial behaviors. Since basketball and football are the two main sports in America. it tells us nothing about how that behavior will manifest. and a neurological wiring that supports acute eye-hand coordination. A neurological perspective of violent behavior. and some allergies are genetic. which could relate to familial heredity and generate so-called ‘personality disorders’ that result from chemical imbalances. Is this activity of playing basketball genetic? Not in the sense that some behavioral geneticists would suggest. Serotonin.However. this doesn’t mean genetics don’t have a strong influence on our lives. Given their slender build and tall height. For example. While most agree that physical attributes such as eye color. 70 Elliot. Since each brother has outstanding height and increased coordination genetically. The science. pp. many do not consider the ramifications these attributes have in shaping the environment of that person. height. for example. Neurochemicals do not instruct a person’s behavior in specific ways. 2000. 19-21. not behavioral. The fact is the propensity for playing basketball is derived from physiological advantages that are genetic. treatment.70 Be that as it may. has been shown to be related to so-called “antisocial” behavior. It is very important to consider the true genetic traits and the effects they have when intermixed with culture. While there is certainly a genetic basis to these chemicals. One could say that a person with a certain imbalance has a propensity to get “angry” more easily than the standard population. The true genetic basis relevant here is physiological. In DH Fishbein. perhaps they will each grow up to play professional basketball. Civic Research Institute 73 . they set certain propensities. In other words. they will likely play one or the other at some point.

Our values. 1992 74 .71 This study reveals how suffering and aggression can be the results of environmental depravity. methods and actions are developed and derived from our experiences. The pursuit of people who seek to find the “gene” or the like which causes a particular behavior is essentially a form of superstition. An insulted man who pulls out a gun and shoots somebody had to learn. 71 Merva & Fowles. It stems from primitive religious notions that the human being is either ‘good or evil’ inherently. cigarette smoking. The fact is.6% increase in death from heart attacks a 3. a 3. Not only that. The bottom line is that our behavior is based upon what we learn. There is no fixed. they also found that those who were recently unemployed and deprived were especially vulnerable to illness and disease. a 2. it is the environment that really creates our values and behavior. and how powerful the environment is in shaping our behavior and values.There is no scientific evidence that really supports the notion that any of our behaviors are strictly the result of our genes. Our genetic makeup does not tell us anything about how to actually function. Those behaviors that people often attribute to ‘instinct’ or ‘human nature’ can almost always be tracked to environmental influences. Does this make them “criminal”? Not necessarily. It is what we learn and are accustomed to which creates our behavior. predetermined ‘human nature’. Economic Policy Institute. coupled with the bio-social pressures that we must deal with in order to survive. As referenced before. while Neurochemicals and physiological traits set propensities for a person’s reactions and social gravitation. Their findings found that a 1% rise in unemployment also resulted in: a 5. alcoholism. they will do what they need to do. depression and the consumption of less healthy diets.7% increase in homicides.4 % increase in property crime. It is like a person being “possessed by demons” which control their behavior. done at the University of Utah in the 1990s. this resulted in 35. found powerful connections between unemployment and crime: Their findings found that a 1% rise in unemployment resulted in: a 6. Effects of Diminished Economic Opportunities on Social Stress. The notion of ‘human nature’ is largely mythological.1% increase in death from strokes Based on the 1990-1992 unemployment rate.4 % increase in violent crimes. at some point in his life. If a person needs to survive. the ‘Merva-Fowles’ Study.307 more heart attack deaths and 2771 more stroke deaths. They also found that those unemployed had a much higher likelihood of high stress.

the most fundamental condition for offensive behavior is derived from The Monetary System. our goal as a society would be to eliminate the motivations. The troop was exposed accidentally to a disease that killed off the Alpha male baboons. it took about 6 months for the behavior of that new baboon to adjust from the typically competitive patterns to the troop’s new balanced and non-aggressive behaviors. This is still the case with this troop 20 years later. Now. The hierarchy virtually stopped and aggressive behavior subsided tremendously. 2008 75 . along with what he was to find ‘insulting’ to begin with. adolescent males would come join the troop. National Geographic. returning to our original point regarding people who believe that a Resource-Based Economy will never work due to the ‘despotic attributes of human nature’. Robert Sapolsky. If there isn’t enough to go around. Therefore. The Monetary System perpetuates corruption. There is really nothing that we think which isn’t presented to us in some environmental form. you usually see social hierarchy and brutal dominance. However. spent 30 years personally studying a Baboon troop in East Africa.72 72 Interview with R. This motivation is learned. Stress. A person born in a particular culture will absorb the values.what a gun was. scarcity and insufficiency. Hierarchy. traditions and accent of the British Culture. This troop exhibited the same social hierarchy. None of the remaining baboons filled the newly open positions of dominance. Even when new. Every concept is a collective accumulation of experience. traditions and hence behaviors of that culture. This event dramatically altered the social nature of the troop. dialect. competition and dominance are social manifestations. If you look to the animal kingdom. competition and dominance patterns as human beings do today. The despotic behavior we see in the world today is not the result of ingrained genetic forces. It is essentially the result of years of scarcity and competition oriented conditioning. mannerisms. Many often say it is an instinct for these animals to behave this way and that humans share the same instinctual nature. In society today. Sapolsky. something interesting happened about 10 years into the study. leaving only the subordinate male baboons along with the females. while the rest compete for resources in a seemingly greedy fashion. or conditions that generate socially offensive behavior. greed. wealth imbalance. poverty and deprivation. Professor of Neurology and Neurological Sciences at Stanford University. the more aggressive animals will rise to the top generating hierarchy. let it be made clear that every person who has ever cheated another person has had a motivation to do it. it isn’t taking into account the scarcity that exists in the animal kingdom. Every word on this page is learned by this author one way or another. As expressed before. how to pull the trigger. A Chinese baby taken at birth and raised in a British family in England will develop the language. While this seems observationally logical. So-called decency cannot exist in a world of competition.

73 74 Interview with Sir Micheal Marmot. liberty and abundance. The Legal System: When it comes to human behavior. using Laws. Even if we have ‘predispositions’ to certain survival patterns. and that’s where this is heading. There is no such thing as a “criminal”. it is still the environment that generates the actual behavior. in one generation. Sapolsky. To think that our human society is locked into some prison of ‘instinct’ and ‘human nature’ is not viable. If these environmental factors can be created for humanity. As repeatedly expressed. 2008 Interview with R. London 76 . Roy. corrupt and self interest oriented patterns we see today. As of 2007. Sapolsky adds: “One of the things the baboons teach us is that if they are able to. They are ‘patches’ which do not address the root causes of behavior.While this observation leaves many questions.75 This is just sad. 2008 75 Walmsley. I think what we are trying to create is a better society…how can we create a society that has the conditions which will allow people to flourish. National Geographic. socially offensive behavior is directly related to socioeconomic circumstances.”74 In a Resource-Based Economy. over 9 million people are in prisons throughout the world. National Geographic. society today attempts to control itself by way of threat. Rather than consider the root causes.”73 Dr. the Monetary System generates corruption by its very construct. Stress. World Prison Population 2007. with the United States leading the way with the highest prison population of any other country. Laws are there to control people. If a person is arrested for stealing. the goals are equality. our social system will evolve out of the degenerative. Stress. International Center for Prison Studies. society takes the easy way out and often removes the “criminal” via prisons. As the Merva & Fowles study presented previously clearly shows. ‘engraved in stone’… we don’t have an excuse when we say there are certain inevitabilities of human social systems. transform what are supposed to be textbook social systems. The great majority of people in prisons come from deprived socioeconomic positions. very little thought is given as to why that person chooses to steal to begin with. it goes to show how behavior changes based on how the environment changes. The source of any so-called crime is really society itself. In the words of Epidemiology professor Sir Michael Marmot in reference to the Baboon Study: “I would say that what we have learned… from the study of the nonhuman primates is that the conditions in which people live…are absolutely vital to their health.to create a better society that promotes human flourishing.

In a Resource-Based Economy. depravity. we should look to the environment to figure out why those behaviors manifest to begin with. This will have a profound effect on the way people treat each other and interact in society. Laws are byproducts of insufficiency. homelessness. Therefore. We design out the need for paper proclamations and laws. Society will understand that people are products of their environment and rather than condemn the person to a cold concrete cell. If you don’t want a person to steal. Instead of depending on a failed system of punishment or incarceration after the damage is done. A staggering drop in crime would be the result. If a serial killer is found and brought in.Laws are band-aids. This isn’t to say that overnight all other forms of socially offensive behavior will disappear. where scarcity and deprivation are deliberately reduced through modern technological methods. we have to alter the social conditions. social distortion. Genetic components. the behavior of society will change dramatically for the better. social scientists will heavily research the cultural causes that generated the serial killer’s behavior. we have the ability to create a new social system that can allow all humans access to all the necessities of life. We want to ‘design out’ the flaws. you make what they need readily available to them without the need for subservience or competition. without a price tag. the treatment of those who commit socially offensive acts in the future will be dramatically more humane and proactive. financial stress. The legal system today is a massive social distortion that does not take into account the environmental influences of a supposed “criminal”. for most crimes are monetary related. and consider those conditions that need to be altered. if we find patterns of behavior in our society that are socially offensive and abusive. malnutrition. However. You don’t put up a sign that says: ‘Speed Limit 55 miles per hour’ for safety. 77 . Summary of Chapter 7: Human behavior is a product of the environment. and the like. debt or servitude. since it is the environment that influences our behavior itself. You design the system technically so safety is built in and human error is not an option. such as poverty. neglected child care. serve only to create propensities for certain reactions. he or she would not be treated as a criminal. if we want to alter the behavior of people. With the progress of technology today. which manifest in physiological traits. Therefore. Jealousy and other forms of confidence issues will still generate problems. but rather as a sick patient. failed education. we need to address the inadequacies of society which lead to socially offensive behavior.

We have learned that we all share the same atomic substructure as trees. in many ways. When we understand this symbiotic relationship of life. Therefore.Chapter 8: Functional Spirituality People want answers. For some. Establishment Religion... Science has shown how human beings are subject to the exact same forces of nature as everything else. our tools for analyzing the world and its attributes have improved and thus our understandings have changed based on newer discoveries. However. energy from the sun. we begin to see that as far as 'relationships' are concerned. The medium by which this is expressed. This 'spiritual ego' has led to dramatic conflicts for generations. etc. it is critical that we all be mentally and emotionally prepared for our traditional beliefs to lose relevance. not only between human beings. so we can better understand how we 'fit' into this life system as a whole. For instance. seems to be rooted in a perceptual misunderstanding about life's processes. it presents a worldview that often puts the human on a different level than other elements of nature. we need clean air to breathe. as time has moved forward.” Confucianism: ”Never impose on others what you would not choose for yourself. birds and all other forms of life.” Islam: ”Hurt no one so that no one may hurt you. this is a very difficult process due to the emotional attachments that have been created around certain beliefs. for The Scientific Method has allowed us insight into these natural processes. food to eat. Knowledge is an evolutionary phenomenon just like everything else in nature. one should not kill nor cause another to kill. so through time we have invented explanations for phenomena. As our societies have grown. Religion is a powerful example of this ideological attachment. is Science. our relationship to the planet and nature is the most profound and important. but inadvertently between us and the environment itself. Christianity: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. We have learned that we cannot live without nature's elements.” 78 . The Religious Ideal: Nearly all religions of the world talk about certain ideal values for humanity.” Hinduism: ”One should never do that to another which one regards as injurious to one’s own self.” Buddhism: ”Putting oneself in the place of another.

stop wishing and stop blindly talking about our supposed humanistic and religious ideals and actually work to make them happen! Talk is Cheap: A Resource-Based Economy puts into practice everything the great religious and philosophic teachers have always talked about since time began in regard to humans embracing each other as their own. While there are endless scientific and superstitious opinions about who we are and where we have come 79 . Summary of Chapter 8: It is time we stop pontificating and providing lip service to those spiritual values which religious and secular philosophers have been discussing for millennia and finally put them into practice. It was the Jesus character who said: “Love thy neighbor as thy self”. There is nothing more caring than The Scientific Method. money oriented society creates an environment that refuses to allow for the universal caring of another. The use of science and The Scientific Method. for the results have proven to be cataclysmically beneficial to the whole of humanity. at the expense of others. But how? How can we have a society where people live together in harmony. actually presents one of the most profound spiritual unfoldings we have ever known. and your neighbor's loss as your own loss. science can actually work to make it happen.” Taoism: ”Regard your neighbor's gain as your own gain. love and harmony among the peoples of the earth. you shall love him as yourself. the man who discovered Penicillin. few tend to see Alexander Fleming. The point is that science and technology are divinity in action.” Regardless of these notions. and therefore it can never allow for a world of balance and harmony. one glance at society today makes one wonder why the ideal of universally valuing and respecting your fellow human being has never taken root. as the religious ideals promote? The answer is that it is up to us to design a system that allows for those humane ideals to flourish.Judaism: ”The stranger who resides with you shall be to you as one of your citizens. This system is based on the perpetuation of oneself. in the same romanticized way. Penicillin has saved countless more lives today than any charitable idea or organization. While many people look upon Mother Teresa’s selfless nature with great awe and respect. working for the common good. Today’s self interested. it is time to stop praying. and working together in mutual respect and harmony. Unlike those who endlessly talk about peace. while often deemed cold and heartless. The fact is.

races. human rights abuses. pollution. outdated distinctions that are far from positive factors for true collective human growth and potential. This movement is about awareness. inequality and crime is the result of this paralysis. full of war. Science is the tool for this functional spirituality and if we work to apply its method for the betterment of civilization itself. not unity and equality. In view of the terrible suffering and questionable future of the human race. in avocation of a fluid. through social structures which are out of date. which is our goal. We must realize that we are on our own on this planet and it is up to us to change the world for the better. It recognizes that the human species is on a natural path for unification. While it is important to understand that everything in life is a natural progression. creeds or class. social. we can reach the spiritual goals we have sought since antiquity. We cannot wait for some divine revelation or some “great man” to guide us. governments. worrying about if god created the universe…or if we were created by extraterrestrials…or even if we are a product of evolution and celestial matter. evolutionary progression. technological and spiritual. derived from a communal acknowledgment of fundamental and near empirical understandings of how nature works and how we as humans fit into/are a part of this universal unfolding we call life. Our understandings conclude that these are now false.Part 5: Taking Action Chapter 9: The Movement The Zeitgeist Movement is not a political movement. The goal is to revise our world society in accord with present day knowledge on all levels.from. While this path does exist. we must also acknowledge the reality that the human species has the ability to drastically slow and paralyze progress. . The world you see today. corruption. religions. who continue to perpetuate outdated and hence degenerative modes of conduct and association. is meaningless. elitism. poverty. the most important issue at hand exists in the here and now. not only creating awareness of social and technological possibilities many have been conditioned to think 80 . combining the personal. dogmatic. Big Bang or no Big Bang it doesn’t change the problems we have now. and hence out of line with nature itself. it is unfortunately hindered or not recognized by the great majority of humans. It is this intellectual irrelevancy that the Movement hopes to overcome through education and social action. epidemic disease. Their basis is in power division and stratification. It does not recognize nations.

but also to provide a means of overcoming those elements in society which perpetuate these outdated systems. Our similarity and needs greatly over-shadow our religious and political differences. which will put pressure on 81 . the path of this movement is to first create grassroots awareness on a global scale. In the words of Ghandi: “Do not hate your oppressors.com is being developed into 30+ languages. Rather. We will be creating country. The only way this is going to be accomplished is if we all work together to overcome a now-obsolete social system. We all need food. air. It is time we forget about our differences and come together for the collective benefit of our species. Their often elitist values are constantly reinforced by the material benefits their business and political corruptions obtain. As of now. we are really all the same. The fact that technology is not being allowed to flourish for the benefit of human kind is. We want to make the governments and peoples of the world feel embarrassed by the sickness their systems generate. at the core. This kind of communications project will have difficult barriers from various ideological groups. we will begin the next phase. It very important that we bridge the differences between cultures by expressing how. traditional political activism is not the path. state and regional organizations in the hopes of eventually having a Movement organization in every area of the globe. Humanity must first be aware of this social direction before any kind of action can be taken. the monetary systems of the world are all failing at this time. This is unacceptable. As of now. Once a very large number of people on the planet join hands in common pursuit of a dramatic social shift. however. We should feel pity for their ignorance. The establishment has gotten far too good at controlling traditionally oriented dissent. The result of this could be catastrophic. The fact is. this is easier said than done. thezeitgeistmovement. Of course. As expressed. and we all want liberty and happiness. while also making the population understand the root causes of the corruption and how to move away from it with the intelligent application of science and technology for social and environmental concern. This comes down to communication. in fact.“impossible” or against "human nature". Those of us who believe in this direction must work to spread awareness of its ideas. a Civil Rights issue on a certain level. as humans who have undergone tremendous social distortion currently run our world. the technology that can free humans from meaningless tasks is stifled due to the monetary based labor system. our focus should also be on continually exposing the monetary frauds and social corruptions that are endlessly churned out in our society. water and the like. we first have to establish a perspective in reference to the world today. Bridging the Differences: In order to do so. It is critical that we absorb those who are being hurt by this monetary failure and give them direction. They need to be liberated just as you do”. Apart from spreading awareness.

are not going to solve any of the major social problems. Interdisciplinary Teams. These can be called Interdisciplinary Teams. These Interdisciplinary Teams would include research into computer programming. lawyers and military men… likely three of the most useless specializations we have. while very noble. If you feel you 82 .com and thezeitgeistmovement. As a general rule. -Contact existing “activism” groups. more teams will be created that will work in specific areas related to the implementation of a Resource-Based Economy. -Copy this booklet and distribute it via hard copy or Cd-Rom -Download the Orientation Presentation Slideshow and Slideshow Movie and hold your own events. they would naturally be technically and thus objectively focused… not politically motivated. war and human abuse should be banned. we then see that if any group of people were to be considered as qualified to make decisions about anything. -Continually expose the corruption of our current system. -Be aware that March 15th of each year is “Zeitgeist Day” and hold an event in your area. -Call into radio shows and bring up the Movement whenever possible.com online wherever you can. Tips for spreading awareness: -Post thevenusproject. -Saturate the Internet as much as possible. etc. Until then. such as the ACLU and Greenpeace. There are many scientific fields that are needed to solidify the underlying mechanisms of the project. for they are not addressing root causes. robotics. Please check back to www. city planning. The first team we are putting together is the “Communications Team”. We are all a part of the Communications Team on a certain level.thezeitgeistmovement. and try to explain to them how their efforts. -Download Zeitgeist Addendum and screen it in your community. education. communication. coupled with peaceful social rebellion is key. data collection. The backbone of the initial development of this new social system will come from teams of researchers and technicians working in all relevant fields. Politics is a monetary creation. publicly. the political system needs to be exposed for what it is. No one should ever join any military in any nation or work for the war industry. In turn. all social facets that perpetuate the profit system.all nations simultaneously to begin moving out of the monetary structure. When we understand that our problems on this planet are technical. -Create YouTube videos promoting both the Movement and the idea of a Resource-Based Economy. -Work to specifically inform those who are suffering due to the pending economic collapse. Everything listed above would constitute some action of this team. The governments of the world today are run by businessmen.com for organizational announcements in this regard. Anyone who supports this direction should help to inform others. In turn. get it on public access/networks.

to a slowly emerging world of race equality. abject slavery and extreme racism and social prejudice. as was done with the Manhattan Project in the late 1930s. is doomed. are beginning not to work. It is time we take responsibility for each other and ourselves. -Peter Joseph | Roxanne Meadows | Jacque Fresco. They would typically cite “human nature”. full conferences will emerge. It is time we unleash our ‘Weapons of Mass Creation’ (WMCs) unto the world. February 2009 76 Sagan. and recognizes that an organism at war with itself. to rabid nationalist fervor. To assume something is ‘impossible’ in this world is a failure of creativity. We have come from a world of extreme superstition. Carl. We have the knowledge. 1980 83 . Everything that has once been considered impossible has gradually become possible. If 120. A whole section of the website will be devoted to this interaction and focus. A new consciousness is developing which sees the earth as a single organism. we will eventually be able to begin the first city. We are one planet. Very simply. In the words of Carl Sagan: ”The old appeals to racial.”76 We have gone from smoke signals to the telephone to electronic mail sent at near the speed of light. This cynicism has no support in view of humanity’s technical and social development throughout history. there is no reason why we cannot come together and use human ingenuity to accomplish incredible social achievements for the betterment of humanity. As we grow. means and initiative to devise an entirely new social architecture that can create a world we actually enjoy and flourish in. Cosmos Studios.000 people can come together to build a nuclear bomb. that is the development of a Resource-Based Global Economy. would never happen.have a skill that would contribute to this development. scientific ingenuity and emerging values that desire to see humanity benefit as a whole. the “power elite” or erroneous technical opinions in their defense. even if it is only a prototype of sorts. please let us know when we begin to setup the teams. Final Thoughts: There are many out there who would say that what we are describing here. it is time to grow up. In time. The Wright Brothers were told by “experts” that it was impossible to fly…years ago people who talked of traveling to the moon were dismissed and labeled as “Mooniacs”. sexual and religious chauvinism. Cosmos Video Series.

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